Sweet Water: A Novel [NOOK Book]

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Both a Southern literary saga and a psychological thriller, this beautifully wrought novel recounts a daughter's search for the truth about her mother's death.

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Sweet Water: A Novel

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Overview

Both a Southern literary saga and a psychological thriller, this beautifully wrought novel recounts a daughter's search for the truth about her mother's death.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062020765
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/9/2010
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,017
  • File size: 752 KB

Meet the Author

Christina Baker Kline is Writerin-Residence at Fordham University and the author of The Way Life Should Be, Desire Lines, and Sweet Water.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 14, 2011

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    good read

    Twenty seven year old Cassandra Simon is lost. Her life in NYC is mundane at best. Both her professional and personsal lives are lacking. Cassie isn't sure what is lacking. So when an unexpected bequest from Amory Clyde, she decides to go to Sweet Water TN. Her father warns her that she may not find what she's looking for. Her friend Drew cautions, "Sometimes we are running from something or we are running towards something." For Cassie the truth may be both.

    Haunted by the death of her mother 24 years, she is running from the unspoken grief that she and her father shares and toward answers to the questions she desperately needs. Her Grandmother, Constance Clyde is afraid of those answers too. Clyde is beyond forgiveness. She just wants to forget. Betrayal, revenge, and guilt are best forgotten. Clyde understands why Cassie is coming back after all of these years, but she can't allow her to find out her secret - she is responsible for her daughter's death. Amory knew Cassie would come to claim the family's old homestead and the land. But she searched the house and the land. Even her Aunts and Uncles are wary of Carrie.Why is she coming after all this time? As Cassie settles in the old house, her grandmother becomes distant and hostile, especially when her grand-daughter discovers Bryce Davies. And Cassie wonders could one grandparent be responsible for his daughter's death, while the other murdered her best friend? Could Mae be right? Sometimes family secrets are best left buried.

    Christina Baker Kline weaves together a fine Southern family saga and mystery by alternating Cassie and Clyde as narrators. Both are very strong characters and their telling of their own stories adds suspense to the novel. Readers will need to suspend belief of a subplot concerning one of Cassie's cousins though. I had to scratch my head on that one and looked at my cat saying, "Huh? Really? She went there? Other than that SWEET WATER is a good read.

    24 out of 39 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    Worth reading.

    Very enjoyable. Didn't want to put it down and wished it didn't have to end.

    19 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2014

    Almost 300 pages

    This almost 300 page book was very dusjointed. It jumped from person to person and different time frames wuthout any transitions or letting reader know a change had been made. I became bored very soon after starting this book and after page 83, I began to skip pages and scan, hoping to catch a glimpse of something interesting. I didn't. There were two pluses to this book, it was well edited and had a conclusion. I paid $1.99 for this book as a special offer. The five real reviews were positive ones, three others were gamers. I was looking forward to a cozy read, what I got was a strange one. This was a pretty clean read. There was only a little bit of mildly detailed sex. Some moderate violence and a ho-hum mystery. I did not like any of the characters. The heroine seemed a little slutty. There was no cursing, religion, not much in the way of romance or suspense, not all sub plots were concluded. This books covers four generations of family, if including the great grand child. The matriarch is nuttier than a March hare. For ages 16 and up.

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    15 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2014

    A good read!

    This was a good read, but after reading the Orphan Train which was exceptional, I was a little disappointed. I still enjoyed it.

    15 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2014

    Great read!

    This book was difficult for me to put down! I highly recommend it!

    11 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2014

    Very good read

    I enjoyed this book very much!

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2014

    Terrible

    This was a terrible book. It was disjointed, jumping from past to present and the past story never really told who was narrating so it was unclear who it was about until almost the end. The story itself made little sense, and the ending left absolutely no resolution. Its as if the author got tired and just quit writing in the middle of a chapter. Would not recommend this at all. Thank goodness it was free or i would be highly ticked off that i had wasted money on this junk.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2014

    Good

    I enjoyed this story. It was told by two people, one present, one from past. The two tellings collided. It was touching and confusing, exactly like life. The story unfolded and had an ending that was different than expected. I look forward to reading more by this author.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2014

    Oo

    I enjoyed except I thought it ended rather abruptly with too many questions unanswered...like why Troy and Cassandra looked so much alike if he was adopted.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2014

    Enjoyable

    I enjoyed reading this. It had it's good points.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2014

    Excellent...didn't want it to end. (bw)

    Loved Clyde, Cassie and Troy. Kline made me really care about all of the characters and their stories, but especially these three.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2014

    Boring

    This just didn't move fast and the characters didn't get my interest. Every time I put it down and went back to it, I couldn't remember what was happening.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2014

    Abrupt Ending

    Good book, but it just ends. No ending to it. I kept looking to see if I was missing pages. It leaves you hanging.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2014

    Recommend jmm44

    I don't understand why the negative reviews-----I thought the going back & forth between the grandmother & granddaughter to be very effective!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2014

    Candylover

    I want u

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2014

    Cats looking for fun?

    Go to 'obey' res 1. We will have an auction on she se<_>x slaves. Two more shes needed, bidders, and an auctioneer

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2014

    ~Fantasy Rp~ info, map location, and rules.

    Hai! Im super happy you came :). Im Cordelia, mermaid clan leader. We still need angels, mermaids, fairies, elementals, shapeshifters, etc. The first few member of each clan might become leader if i trust them. <br>
    Anyways, the main area for everyone is about a miles walk from each camp, but almost everyone has a way to go faster. It is a cave, with a somewhat big pond. It offers something for everyone. It has crystallized stalagtites and damp walls. <br>
    ~RULES~ <BR>

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2014

    Moonshine

    Hey Pearlstar I have questions for you. I hav searched water res. Four Five and Six and have not seen the new Seaclan med. Cat den hunting grounds or the any sight of the new clearing. Thanks again for my aprentice. Quick question does my apprentice fernpaw call herself Fern on her results??? I havent seen Mistyfog lately in reviews. On sun. I might not b able to talk at Seaclan. My brother in law is having a birthday party cookout. Bye see u!! ~Moonshine. When my rock to sit on comes in the gathering area i am on it immediatley. MOONSHINE

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  • Posted August 7, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    Kline vividly creates the small town of Sweet Water, with its co

    Kline vividly creates the small town of Sweet Water, with its coffee shop, town park and resident busybodies. Anyone who has lived in small town will find it familiar.
    The Clyde family dynamic is interesting too. The sibling and cousin relationships ring true, and the family dinner scene and the girls night out felt like the reader was right there in the middle of it all. (I'm a sucker for a good family dinner scene.)
    Kline has some great lines in the book. Cassie is complaining to her father that her life in New York is ordinary, that she is just &quot;filling a little space I've carved out for myself.&quot; Her father reminds her that that is what life is, no matter she may live.
    When Cassie gives Clyde a ceramic bowl she made, Cassie gives Clyde several suggestions for things to put in it. Clyde asks why she has to put anything it it, and Cassie says &quot;I don't know why, but I always think I have to fill things up.&quot; Clyde replies, &quot;I used to feel that way. Now I guess I like things empty.&quot; I love that exchange, it tells you a lot about Cassie and Clyde.
    In the end, I liked Clyde better than Cassie, and I felt much the same about the characters in Orphan Train. The older woman's story resonated more than the young teen. After reading this, I have come to the conclusion it is because the older women have more of a story to tell having lived a longer life.
    Sweet Water will please fans of Orphan Train. It has a fascinating family story, interesting characters and lots of secrets to uncover.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2014

    Pearlstar to Moonshine

    I know, about the not being able to find the dens. The nook seems to move around results often. Just go to the result four now, and that book will be your den. Hunting grounds are the book at five, and the Clearing is at six. Thanks for your patience! ~Pearlstar

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