Water and the Blood: A Novel

Water and the Blood: A Novel

by Nancy E. Turner
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Water and the Blood: A Novel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Drei More than 1 year ago
Nancy Turner's first three books have been recountings of the various events during the life of her fictional frontier character Sarah Agnes Prine. Readers expecting a similar book, be warned. Water And The Blood is set during the Depression and World War II eras. The main character is Philadelphia (Frosty) Sumners. The novel is told not only from her perspective, but includes others such as the sheriff, Frosty's older sister Delly, and Gordon Benally. The story opens with Frosty telling us in a flashback how she watched as the area's African-American chuch was burned down by other teenagers. The author skillfully weaves the various characters' viewpoints and differing experiences over a lifespan into a seamless whole. The conclusion is inevitable from the opening scene, but the winding route to the tale's culmination is in no way boring, and it is satisfying to see two people who feel they are "misfits" in their own separate communities ultimately discover they complement each other. Turner has a unique ability to speak the language of her various characters fluently, and to poignantly illustrate the beliefs of that earlier era.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is so different from the author's first book, you'll think they're from two different writers. However, this story is incredibly moving, set in 1940's east Texas and California. Anyone familiar with life in a small, rural, southern town will recognize the cast of characters, the scenery, and the visual and visceral details. The characters are all broken people, needy people, and so much realism is brought in from what must have been meticulous research, that you will feel as if you are reliving the experience with them. The Water and The Blood is a strange combination of the most unlikely stories, that of a young woman in a poverty- and religious-zealotry stricken family, and a young Navajo code talker. Their strange dance of love woven through a crime drama and racist themes makes for a really unusual story. Quite a trek, and worth a second read for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved These is my Words which lead me to read this book. In this novel this author once again showes a woman who becomes stronger than she thinks she is. I enjoyed the complex relationships between people and cultures shown in this story. I especially enjoyed her including the Navajo Code Talkers and their spiritual/cultural conflicts posed in their lives.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is obviously not a sequel to these is my words, and is much darker, melancholy, and more intense. But this book is an excellent portrayal of racism and other forms of bigotry in smalltown America, and deserves an unbiased read. I found this book difficult to put down, and impossible to forget.
Anonymous 10 months ago
From East Texas to California, and from the Great Depression through World War II and later, this book explores prejuduces and injustices as well as love and forgiveness. A powerful saga.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An insightful look into our shameful past and continuing biased attitudes in this country .
kat16KL More than 1 year ago
Loved this book.
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I read all of her books. This one is the best! It is the most believable and well written.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Nancy E. Turner has a wonderful use of words. Her 3 books are all worth a 2nd read. She does an excellent job of weaving story and characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved her first series, but this book was exhausting to read. So many things didn't even make sense. I had a hard time getting into the book, the middle section caught my interst, but the last part was hard to understand and follow. I would not suggest this book to anyone..
Guest More than 1 year ago
After the most excellent first novel, THESE IS MY WORDS, this second work of fiction is a tremendous let down. It lacks the sympathetic characters and very 'readable' storyline of her first work: a historical fiction of 1800's Arizona.