The Weight of Water

The Weight of Water

Book - 1997
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"I wonder this: If you take a woman and push her to the edge, how will she behave?" The question is posed by Jean, a photographer, who arrives on Smuttynose Island, off the coast of New Hampshire, to research a century-old crime. As she immerses herself in the details of the case--an outburst of passion that resulted in the deaths of two women--Jean herself enters precarious emotional territory. The suspicion that her husband is having an affair burgeons into jealousy and distrust, and ultimately propels Jean to the verge of actions she had not known herself capable of--actions with horrific consequences. Everywhere hailed for its beauty and power, The Weight of Water takes us on an unforgettable journey through the furthest extremes of emotion.
Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown,, c1997
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316780377
0316780375
9780316789974
0316789976
Branch Call Number: SHREVE
Characteristics: 246, [2] p. ; 25 cm

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JackPurcell
May 25, 2015

A freshman writing course should use this as an example of how dangerous flashback is as a literary tool. The plots, both of them, stumble back and forth like drunks across one another until the reader is confused, lost, ready to commit murder against the author.

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nipper
Sep 09, 2009

good book.....like the writing

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Cabby
Nov 08, 2007

Depressing and hard to follow

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KarenW
Sep 04, 2001

Told by a woman who is trying to forget the past, this book reveals a story of human desire, jealousy, and betrayal. Jean has accepted a photography assignment off the Isles of Shoals. She is to photograph the abandoned scene of a century old murder on Smuttynose Island. She is joined by her husband and daughter on a boat manned by her husband?s brother and sensuous girlfriend. Almost at once, Jean finds the tight quarters too confining and open to suggestion. Her own fears and jealousy surface immediately, and are echoed in the story of the murder. The portentous atmosphere on the boat, and in the flashback story, lead the reader to a shocking conclusion.

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