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Waterwoman: A Novel of the Eastern Shore
     

Waterwoman: A Novel of the Eastern Shore

by Lenore Hart
 

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Even as a child, plain, boyish Annie Revels had everyone's role in life figured out. Everyone's, that is, except her own. Her mother was sickly and needed to be taken care of. Her little sister Rebecca was remarkably beautiful, where Annie was not. Her father was a waterman, a free-looking life Annie deeply envied and could've had, if only she'd

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Even as a child, plain, boyish Annie Revels had everyone's role in life figured out. Everyone's, that is, except her own. Her mother was sickly and needed to be taken care of. Her little sister Rebecca was remarkably beautiful, where Annie was not. Her father was a waterman, a free-looking life Annie deeply envied and could've had, if only she'd been born a son.

Tiny, remote Yaupon Island knows nothing of the partying, gin-soaked Roaring Twenties which grip the rest of the country. The Revels family depends on the coastal waters to make a living, and tragedy is always only a bad storm away. As Annie notes, "In order to live on the Shore, you need to understand that good weather always follows bad." But when her father dies, suddenly it falls to Annie to take his place aboard the oyster boat and support what's left of the family.

Out there, she finds the only life she thought she could ever really fit into: being a waterman. Until one day, out on the water, she meets Nathan . .

LENORE HART is the author of seven other novels, including ORDINARY SPRINGS, BECKY: THE LIFE AND LOVES OF BECKY THATCHER, and THE RAVEN'S BRIDE. She lives on the Eastern Shore with her husband, novelist David Poyer, and teaches in the Wilkes University MA/MFA Creative Writing Program.

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"Pure as the waters of the pre-industrial Chesapeake . . . utterly convincing and beautifully sensual. You feel the shell cuts, the pull of the nets." -- BALTIMORE SUN

"Lenore Hart's story of love and betrayal yields as many surprises as the sea itself." -- SOUTHERN LIVING

". . . reads like a Greek tragedy crossed with Peyton Place . . . Hart reaches surprising emotional depths with her exploration of sibling rivalry, familial commitment, and social taboos." -- PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY

"Annie's strength carries the novel, without resorting to cloying moments or tear-jerking cliches." -- WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL

"A gripping story with an admirable, complex heroine . . . The love and rivalry between the sisters will strike a chord with teens." -- BOOKLIST

"[Her] skill as a novelist lies in the respect she has for the form and for the words themselves . . . Like the watermen that people her novel, Hart has learned the tools of her craft." -- Salisbury NC POST

"Annie tells her story in the hushed yet urgent voice of a sinner begging forgiveness . . . Hart throws in dramatic twists and turns that keep the reader voraciously turning the pages for more." -- LUCE World Wide Web Clips

"A gripping story, colorful and sensuous and easy to read." -- Topeka CAPITAL-JOURNAL

". . . Hart creates a believable world where tragedy does not always equal hopelessness, a place where you don't always get what you want , but if you're strong, you find reasons to go on living anyway." -- Ft. Lauderdale SUN-SENTINEL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781937997595
Publisher:
Northampton House Press
Publication date:
05/01/2015
Pages:
234
Sales rank:
730,802
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.53(d)

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