Bodies of Water

Bodies of Water

by T. Greenwood
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Bodies of Water by T. Greenwood

Greenwood is a writer of subtle strength. . .finding light in the darkest of stories. --Publishers Weekly on Two Rivers

In 1960, Billie Valentine is a young housewife living in a sleepy Massachusetts suburb, treading water in a dull marriage and caring for two adopted daughters. Summers spent with the girls at their lakeside camp in Vermont are her one escape--from her husband's demands, from days consumed by household drudgery, and from the nagging suspicion that life was supposed to hold something different.

Then a new family moves in across the street. Ted and Eva Wilson have three children and a fourth on the way, and their arrival reignites long-buried feelings in Billie. The affair that follows offers a solace Billie has never known, until her secret is revealed and both families are wrenched apart in the tragic aftermath.

Fifty years later, Ted and Eva's son, Johnny, contacts an elderly but still spry Billie, entreating her to return east to meet with him. Once there, Billie finally learns the surprising truth about what was lost, and what still remains, of those joyful, momentous summers.

In this deeply tender novel, T. Greenwood weaves deftly between the past and present to create a poignant and wonderfully moving story of friendship, the resonance of memories, and the love that keeps us afloat.

"Complex and compelling." --Eleanor Brown, New York Times bestselling author of The Weird Sisters

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780758291448
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 09/24/2013
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 112,860
File size: 976 KB

About the Author

T. Greenwood is the author of Breathing Water, Nearer Than the Sky, and Undressing the Moon, the latter two both Booksense 76 picks. She has received grants from the Sherwood Anderson Foundation, the Christopher Isherwood Foundation and, most recently, the National Endowment for the Arts. She teaches creative writing at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and at The Writer's Center in Bethesda, Maryland. She lives with her husband and their two daughters in the D.C. area, where she is also an aspiring fine arts photographer.

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Bodies of Water 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite Bodies of Water by T. Greenwood is a riveting tale of forbidden love.  It is as timeless as the sea and as special as the movement of morality through the ages. Billie and Frankie are a typical suburban Massachusetts couple in the 1960s. He works and she takes care of the house and the children, longing for validation and a life of fulfillment. When Eva and her family move in across the street, Billie begins to feel initial fulfillment in the friendship that builds with the common interests between two women who dare to share their hopes and dreams. Their explorations lead to places they dare not enter. It was a different time and a different place than today's world. It is not a stretch to say that Bodies of Water is the most powerful tale I have read for some time. The reader is forced into knowing each and every character in his or her glory and ugliness. The characters are so deep and true that their humanity literally screams to be heard. Readers who lived in the era will search their minds for justice in a time that was simply not prepared to handle the likes of Billie and Eva.  Greenwood has introduced us to characters that will remain in the heart and the mind when the book is closed and put down to linger in the recesses of morality and judgment. Be prepared to think about this book as your mind begins to form judgments about others and be prepared to develop a depth of compassion previously unknown.
LorrieThomson More than 1 year ago
Loved this book so much! A beautiful love story, gritty, and emotionally wrenching. How would you like to spend your life biding your time, kept from the person you love, except for a few stolen fear-riddled days? Read this book fast, obsessed with the story, and with a lump in my throat reminiscent of my experience while reading The Color Purple. And just like The Color Purple, the story inspires you to appreciate life.
iemery717 More than 1 year ago
Like the way she writes. A subject handled with understanding and compassion, both about love between two women and an understanding of getting old. Will read more of her books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the story of billie and eva good ending
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quaintinns More than 1 year ago
A complex, compelling, and intense story of two women, living across the street from one another in a small town -- both in an unhealthy marriage relationship with alcoholic, abusive and controlling husbands. Both are wives and mothers who want the best for their families and find comfort and escape in the friendship and love of one another. Growing up as a child in the 60’s, can relate to the time-- with no internet, cell phones, third-party land lines, and women who chose to stay home and raise their families were trapped; stuck without a car, and under the thumb of their husbands without a way to escape. No money or job skills to break free and nowhere to turn for help. (Was in the sixth grade when they came into the school classroom to tell the sad news of President Kennedy – seems like yesterday). A compassionate, powerful, and heart-breaking novel of true love, friendship, betrayal, and loss. I have recently discovered T. Greenwood and want to devour every novel she has written. (I tend to do this when I discover a new author –reading their new releases-get hooked and work my way back to the oldest). This is only my second book, and the others are making their way to the top of my reading list quickly. If you are a lover of Jodi Picoult, Diane Chamberlain, and Charles Martin, you will love T. Greenwood! She has a way of taking raw, heart-wrenching painful stories of the past and so eloquently combining with sensitivity, and delicate emotions of love and bonding from the heart. I found myself staying up late in the night turning the pages to find what comes next for Billie and Eva as your heart beats faster, waiting on the next chapter in their lives to unfold – making you feel connected to these beautiful women and unforgettable characters. (will not give away any details, as you will not want to miss a word of this page-turner). A complicated story of love and abuse and realistic complex family dynamics. The suspense is maintained throughout the book from the present day story while the past unfolds with perfect timing. As always, the author pulls from inspiration of a real story and takes off on a remarkable and beautiful journey, you will long remember. She is highly creative, and not afraid to tackle taboo and highly charged subjects – highly recommend! (a movie based on this book would be outstanding with an exceptional line of stars). Love the quote: “The secret to happiness is counting your blessings while others are adding up their troubles.” ¿ T. Greenwood, Bodies of Water
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very good read. Didn't want this book to end. Touched me on so many levels. Will read more of this author in the future.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the book until the two main characters became lesbian lovers. Not my type of book.