The Winemaker's Daughter

The Winemaker's Daughter

by Timothy Egan
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The Winemaker's Daughter by Timothy Egan

Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times national correspondent Timothy Egan turns to fiction with The Winemaker's Daughter, a lyrical and gripping novel about the harsh realities and ecological challenges of turning water into wine.

When Brunella Cartolano visits her father on the family vineyard in the basin of the Cascade Mountains, she's shocked by the devastation caused by a four-year drought. Passionate about the Pacific Northwest ecology, Brunella, a cultural impact analyst, is embroiled in a battle to save the Seattle waterfront from redevelopment and to preserve a fisherman's livelihood. But when a tragedy among fire-jumpers results from a failure of the water supply–her brother Niccolo is among those lost—Brunella finds herself with another mission: to find out who is sabotaging the area's water supply. Joining forces with a Native American Forest Ranger, she discovers deep rifts rooted in the region's complicated history, and tries to save her father's vineyard from drying up for good . . . even as violence and corruption erupt around her.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400034109
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/11/2005
Series: Vintage Contemporaries Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 809,568
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Timothy Egan, a third-generation westerner, is the author of Lasso the Wind, The Good Rain, and Breaking Blue. He has been a writer for The New York Times for the past fifteen years and was part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2001 for national reporting. He lives in Seattle with his wife, Joni Balter, and their two children. This is his first novel.


Seattle, Washington

Date of Birth:

November 8, 1954

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Winemaker's Daughter 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I also grew up in Washington and still live here. I wholeheartedly disagree with the previous reviewer. I found this to be a very interesting story. I read the entire book and didn't just scan parts and pieces to form my opinion. A fascinating look at winemaking (which I know nothing about!), water rights in Washington and Indian Casinos both of which I know something about, firefighting which is my profession, and finally mountaineering which I know a lot about (particularly Mount Stuart featured in this story. I very much enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm born and raised in WA State and love it. But I also love a good story. Egan writes good essays and articles I've heard, but the skills for those didn¿t transfer well to fiction in this case. I read the first chapter, spot read around further along, and gave up. Too much like reading some preachy treatise with the characters only mouthpieces for the author¿s beliefs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novel is reminiscent of Roman Polanski's movie "Chinatown." The plot weaves around the political, sociological and ecological issues in the American West: water, development and the clash of cultures. I've read Mr. Egan's non-fiction books "The Worst Hard Times" and "The Big Burn" and was curious to read some of his fiction. I found the novel enjoyable and recommend it.