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What does it take to alter the course of a raging river? Or a human life? The splendor and cruelty of both nature and fate runs through Bruce Murkoff's epic debut, Waterborne, a lush historical novel about men and women lured by the promise of the American West in the early decades of the 20th century.
At the center of the book is the construction of the Hoover Dam, the largest engineering feat of its time and a rare symbol of American optimism during the Great Depression. Like tributaries feeding a gushing river, the fates of Murkoff's three characters are woven together with beautiful prose. They've each been drawn to newly sprouted Boulder City, a frontier town with the "freshly painted look of good times," where all the residents are employed in support of this monumental human endeavor. There's Filius Poe, a quiet engineer who comes to forget a tragedy; Lena McCardell, a housewife and mother fleeing a betrayal; and Lew Beck, an itinerant worker longing for acceptance in the midst of his brutal world. Carved by love and despair, their lives collide with a fierce beauty, creating a rare literary novel that refuses to be put down. (Winter/Spring 2004 Selection)