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Most Helpful Favorable Review

6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Amazing family drama

Marnie Matlaind returns to her Lowcountry birthplace after being gone for a decade to help in the healing of her traumatized nine-year old nephew she's never met. At her return, Marnie is forced to face the demons of her childhood, the drowning death of her mother, a...
Marnie Matlaind returns to her Lowcountry birthplace after being gone for a decade to help in the healing of her traumatized nine-year old nephew she's never met. At her return, Marnie is forced to face the demons of her childhood, the drowning death of her mother, and the Maitland curse that has haunted her family for generations. White uses first person narrative of each of the four main characters. This allows the reader to see different angles of the story. The characters are quite real and believable, as is the anguish that each feels due to the mental instability that seems to have been passed down through the Maitland family. A suprising ending answers several unknowns and brings an amazing and powerful conclusion to this family drama.

posted by Anonymous on March 31, 2008

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Good Rainy Day read

Another enjoyable book from Karen White. Not my fvortie of hers, but if you love books about the Carolina Coast, and the compex characters that usually come with it, you will enjoy this one.

posted by BlueDog807 on May 6, 2009

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  • Posted April 28, 2010

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    INTERESTING READ!

    Marnie Matlaind, an Arizona school teacher, returns to her birthplace in South Carolina, after being gone for almost a decade to help in the healing of her traumatized nine-year old nephew she's never met. The story revolves around memory of the boating accident where her mother was killed. Suprises answer some questions and brings an amazing and powerful conclusion to this family drama. Interesting read!

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2008

    Amazing family drama

    Marnie Matlaind returns to her Lowcountry birthplace after being gone for a decade to help in the healing of her traumatized nine-year old nephew she's never met. At her return, Marnie is forced to face the demons of her childhood, the drowning death of her mother, and the Maitland curse that has haunted her family for generations. White uses first person narrative of each of the four main characters. This allows the reader to see different angles of the story. The characters are quite real and believable, as is the anguish that each feels due to the mental instability that seems to have been passed down through the Maitland family. A suprising ending answers several unknowns and brings an amazing and powerful conclusion to this family drama.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    A powerful family drama

    After being away from her hometown for almost a decade, Arizona school teacher Marnie Maitland returns home to McLellanville, South Carolina. She only came back to the Low Country because her former brother-in-law Quinn begged her to help her nine-year-old nephew Gil whom she has never met.----------- As Marnie and Gil connect and to a lesser degree she with Quinn, her sister Diana resents her intruding in the life of her son and for that matter hers. Marnie realizes her sibling is angry with her and assumes the reason is the boating accident when they were kids that killed their mother while they survived. Whereas Marnie recalls little of that fatal day, Diana has tied the accident to the ¿Maitland Curse¿ that has haunted the family for decades.----------- THE MEMORY OF WATER is a strong family drama due to the four prime players feeling real especially their flawed interrelationships. The story line smoothly changes viewpoint between the quartet so the audience sees different looks at the same event or issue especially how the sisters interpret their mother¿s death. With a final plausible yet surprising twist, readers will be LEARNING TO BREATHE while waiting for her next tale.---------- Harriet Klausner

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2008

    A reviewer

    I generally only read books from the top of the NYT list, but on a recommendation from a firend, I read Karen White's most recent issue. I was VERY plesed that I did. The book is written from a point of view that only a skilled writer can pull off, and she did it with tremendous efficiency and wonderfully written prose. The plot is well concealed as you make your way through this story. You never know when - or who - will reveal the next twist to this captivating story. After reccomending this book to a few of my friends, I learned that I was behind the times in reading White's works. I have just begun reading 'Learning to Breath' and am finding it just as pleasurable. The NYT list can'tbe far behind!!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2008

    Memory of Water

    Sixteen years ago, Marnie¿s mother drowned. She could not remember everything that happened that fateful night, but she knew she had lost two things that day that she dearly loved--her passion for sailing and the love of her sister. She escaped to the dessert pledging never to go near the ocean again. A call for help brought her home again. Marnie was determined to help her nephew but had to work through her own problems to do so. The Memory of Water by Karen White is not a fast read. This is one of those books that you want to savor every word. The plot is gripping. The characters are multifaceted. Diana and Marnie are sisters that at one time dearly loved each other. The Memory of Water explores the relationship of sisters and the dynamics of living with a person that is bi-polar. The sisters are forced to face ghosts from their past. Karen White draws readers into her plot. She successfully moves from one narrator to another, each telling their part with a distinct voice, fitting together like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. There are several twists that will keep the reader turning pages. I found this book to be captivating. If you enjoy high drama this is the book for you.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2008

    A Haunting tale

    When I read Karen White's The Memory of Water it was like watching an artist paint, with every word she writes you can actually see the landscape she describes come to life. It was a haunting tale of mental illness and about those who survive it and those who don't. A bewitching tale of love and loss and love found at last, about the story of sisters and a love that only sisters can share and understand. This book is a must read for any of you out there that love great fiction.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 2, 2012

    Great book

    Love it great book great characters

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2008

    Memory of Water

    Sixteen years ago, Marnie¿s mother drowned. She could not remember everything that happened that fateful night, but she knew she had lost two things that day that she dearly loved, her passion for sailing and the love of her sister. She escaped to the dessert pledging never to go near the ocean again. A call for help brought her home again. Marnie was determined to help her nephew but had to work through her own problems to do so. The Memory of Water by Karen White is not a fast read. This is one of those books that you want to savor every word. The plot is gripping. The characters are multifaceted. Diana and Marnie are sisters that at one time dearly loved each other. The Memory of Water explores the relationship of sisters and the dynamics of living with a person that is bi-polar. The sisters are forced to face ghosts from their past. Karen White draws readers in to her plot. She successfully moves from one narrator to another, each telling their part with a distinct voice, fitting together like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. There are several twists that will keep the reader turning pages. I found this book to be captivating. If you enjoy high drama this is the book for you. .

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2008

    Beautifully flawed characters bring this story to life!

    In Memory of Water Karen White creates starkly real and beautifully drawn characters and then allows us to experience the story through each of their points of view. Even Marnie and Diana's grandfather 'speaks' though he no longer has a voice. The author also gives voice to the lush setting as she digs into the heart of this family saga.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2009

    Makes You Think

    Karen White does not write a bad book. They are filled with everything you want a book to have and since discovering her books when I read The House On Tradd Street I search for her books and they are always very good

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted August 20, 2014

    Cordelia

    She sees a raging fire, then freezes it, but she doesnt she that she left a small flame.

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