Beside the Still Waters

Beside the Still Waters

by Jacqueline T. Lynch

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Four towns...dismantled as an entire valley is prepared to be flooded. The past is being wiped clean, the present threatens, the future belongs to the fearless.

Three generations weave a tapestry of isolation and stubborn independence, battling the forces of nature, the Commonwealth, and each other in this family saga. A courageous girl becomes the guardian of her family's heritage, and ultimately, the one to determine what happens next.

Beside the Still Waters is based on actual events that displaced four entire towns in central Massachusetts in the 1920s and 1930s for the construction of the Quabbin Reservoir. Families are torn apart, divided between those who protest the construction, those who give up and leave while they can, and those who help to build the dam that will flood the towns.

Return to the Swift River Valley, its charm and its pain, its mysteries and its lessons--to a community, a family, and a young woman in a race against time.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940012309679
Publisher: Jacqueline T Lynch
Publication date: 03/20/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 246
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Jacqueline T. Lynch’s novels, short stories, and non-fiction books on New England history and film criticism are available from many online shops as eBooks, audiobook, and paperback. She is also a playwright whose plays have been produced around the United States and in Europe, and has published articles and short fiction in regional and national publications. She writes Another Old Movie Blog on classic films, and the syndicated newspaper column Silver Screen, Golden Years. For more on Jacqueline T. Lynch’s book and projects, and to receive newsletter updates and special offers, please see:

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ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
I have to admit that as far as history, this book could not be beaten. Jacqueline T. Lynch is an amazing historian, and although her style sometimes seems a little dry, there is real meat in her book. If you are looking for fluff, don't turn to this book! It requires your mind to be engaged at all times. She seamlessly weaves the characters into the book--even though they sometimes come across as two-dimensional. After finishing this book, I felt like I had learned something about Massachusetts history that I did not know previously. This book is one of the reasons I love historical fiction--I learn while I read for enjoyment. There are no sex scenes, and the profanity in the book is relatively mild. I appreciated the fact that these people had morals, and they went to church. However, she expertly showed how things began to change even over the course of the time period covered in the book. I did not feel overly emotional--even when bad things happened--but again, that goes back to the author's writing style. She is a historian, and her book often reads like a textbook. That can be good and bad. I actually feel that reading this book again would be good for me--when I was not up against a deadline. I believe there is much I missed the first time because this is a definitely a multi-level story. I received this product through Outburst Media in exchange for my honest review.