The Weight of Water

The Weight of Water

Book - 1998
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While investigating a century-old crime of passion on an island off New Hampshire, Jean becomes fixated on the case and begins to project this knowledge on her own marriage, believing that her husband is unfaithful, causing unrealized and dangerous emotions to surface.
Published: New York : Back Bay Books/Little, Brown and Co., 1998, c1997.
Edition: 1st Back Bay pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9780316780377
Branch Call Number: F SHR
Characteristics: 246 p. ;,21 cm.


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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.

Sep 09, 2009

good the writing

Nov 08, 2007

Depressing and hard to follow

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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