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Water and the Blood: A Novel

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  • Posted January 29, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Different but not disappointing.

    Nancy Turner's first three books have been recountings of the various events during the life of her fictional frontier character Sarah Agnes Prine. Readers expecting a similar book, be warned.
    Water And The Blood is set during the Depression and World War II eras. The main character is Philadelphia (Frosty) Sumners. The novel is told not only from her perspective, but includes others such as the sheriff, Frosty's older sister Delly, and Gordon Benally. The story opens with Frosty telling us in a flashback how she watched as the area's African-American chuch was burned down by other teenagers. The author skillfully weaves the various characters' viewpoints and differing experiences over a lifespan into a seamless whole. The conclusion is inevitable from the opening scene, but the winding route to the tale's culmination is in no way boring, and it is satisfying to see two people who feel they are "misfits" in their own separate communities ultimately discover they complement each other. Turner has a unique ability to speak the language of her various characters fluently, and to poignantly illustrate the beliefs of that earlier era.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2012

    Loved this

    I loved These is my Words which lead me to read this book. In this novel this author once again showes a woman who becomes stronger than she thinks she is. I enjoyed the complex relationships between people and cultures shown in this story. I especially enjoyed her including the Navajo Code Talkers and their spiritual/cultural conflicts posed in their lives.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2004

    Troubling, moving, Southern Gothic meets WWII

    This book is so different from the author's first book, you'll think they're from two different writers. However, this story is incredibly moving, set in 1940's east Texas and California. Anyone familiar with life in a small, rural, southern town will recognize the cast of characters, the scenery, and the visual and visceral details. The characters are all broken people, needy people, and so much realism is brought in from what must have been meticulous research, that you will feel as if you are reliving the experience with them. The Water and The Blood is a strange combination of the most unlikely stories, that of a young woman in a poverty- and religious-zealotry stricken family, and a young Navajo code talker. Their strange dance of love woven through a crime drama and racist themes makes for a really unusual story. Quite a trek, and worth a second read for me.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2005

    Talented Author

    Nancy E. Turner has a wonderful use of words. Her 3 books are all worth a 2nd read. She does an excellent job of weaving story and characters.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2002

    Different flavor - excellent book

    This is obviously not a sequel to these is my words, and is much darker, melancholy, and more intense. But this book is an excellent portrayal of racism and other forms of bigotry in smalltown America, and deserves an unbiased read. I found this book difficult to put down, and impossible to forget.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2014

    Best

    I read all of her books. This one is the best! It is the most believable and well written.

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    Posted December 26, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2013

    Loved her first series, but this book was exhausting to read. S

    Loved her first series, but this book was exhausting to read. So many things didn't even make sense. I had a hard time getting into the book, the middle section caught my interst, but the last part was hard to understand and follow. I would not suggest this book to anyone..

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2002

    A Huge Disappointment

    After the most excellent first novel, THESE IS MY WORDS, this second work of fiction is a tremendous let down. It lacks the sympathetic characters and very 'readable' storyline of her first work: a historical fiction of 1800's Arizona.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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