The Geography of Water

The Geography of Water In this exquisite debut novel Mary Emerick takes readers into the watery landscape of southeast Alaska and the depths of a family in crisis An abusive father and a broken home forces a teenage Winnie

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  • Title: The Geography of Water
  • Author: Mary Emerick
  • ISBN: 9781602232709
  • Page: 328
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this exquisite debut novel, Mary Emerick takes readers into the watery landscape of southeast Alaska and the depths of a family in crisis An abusive father and a broken home forces a teenage Winnie to seek the safety of a neighboring bay and a pair of unlikely father figures Years later her mother goes missing, and Winnie returns to the hunting and fishing lodge she gIn this exquisite debut novel, Mary Emerick takes readers into the watery landscape of southeast Alaska and the depths of a family in crisis An abusive father and a broken home forces a teenage Winnie to seek the safety of a neighboring bay and a pair of unlikely father figures Years later her mother goes missing, and Winnie returns to the hunting and fishing lodge she grew up in to find the world she knew gone Her once powerful father disfigured by a bear attack Her childhood hero revealed as merely human And her mother s story rewritten by a stray note As Winnie uses the help of friends to sort out the details of her mother s final exodus, she finds herself pulled into a murky swirl of family secrets and devastating revelations As the search heads higher into the mountains, Winnie must learn to depend on her own strength in order to reach the one she loves.

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    1. "All of us carry something we're not proud of . . . Live long enough, you're bound to be carrying something." Tragically beautiful and breathtakingly transporting, The Geography of Water is so rich in terms of atmosphere and emotive nuances, with vividly drawn characters, I felt as if I had become one with Winnie as she set out to shatter myths and unearth truth. Truth that blurs the lines between what is and what could be, from what wasn't and never will be. "It seemed to me that if you know al [...]

    2. This book is so beautifully written, and the characters are so real, and the setting, Alaska, is so engagingly brought to life that it becomes a major character in itself, that I'd give it 10 stars if I could. Very poignant.

    3. After living in SE Alaska for 15 years I could relate to the descriptions of the land and sea. The characters are developed as people who could be and are from everywhere. They and choose to stay in these corners of the world and become strong in ways they can't be from the places they come from. Congrats Mary on your first book. I look forward to "Fire in the Heart"!

    4. An enthralling story with fascinating descriptions of the elements that make up a part of the country I've never been to. Wind, water, snow, rain - all played their part. Ms. Emerick clearly conveys her love of the wilderness while weaving a tale that kept me at it to the end.

    5. Powerful story. The lyrical descriptions of southeast Alaska had me feeling as though I was gazing into the water with the author.

    6. I knew from the first dozen pages of “The Geography of Water” that Mary Emerick writes from a mysterious place, a place enchanted and haunted. A place with a floor of muskeg and a ceiling of endless sky. I could feel the wind and fog, could hear the dead silences and beating hearts. This is a story of love, a story of fear, a story told with nothing held back about women and men. Families. A mother and her daughter. And the secrets, so many secrets surrounded by bears and whales and the dark [...]

    7. A gorgeous and rich coming-of-age story, The Geography of Water is not the usual adolescent angst fare. Deeply disturbing family dynamics and unqualified love are the two hallmarks in this story. Set on the coast of Southeast Alaska, Winnie's flight from, and reluctant return to home is interrupted by a sweet spot of sanctuary. Deeply felt and lovingly written, The Geography of Water is a lush tale that feels like home.

    8. I officially flunk . Utter washout compared to you steady Eddies. But, oh my goodness, this book has drawn me back. Grace is the word that best characterizes Mary Emerick's prose. Her fluid style depicts the rugged southwest Alaska coast, as sharp as a as any photo. Then there is the story of Winnie, Emerick's central character who reveals this tale. The girl is a remarkable character, changing and evolving, working through her conflicts. A masterful tale.

    9. Emerick, who has been a kayak ranger in southeast Alaska, sets this wonderful coming of age novel in those same waters. The descriptions of tides, glacial rivers, and hidden lakes are not sugar-coated, but instead depicted with all the power of the true wilderness. Her characters are similarly complex and sometimes equally intimidating. But the story unfolds simply and smoothly, coming to a satisfactory conclusion even though many questions are left unanswered--as the wilderness demands.

    10. Icy family secrets freeze Winnie and her parents from their past, even as they rail against one another in this lyrical ode to loss and mystery. Rural and remote Alaska is as much a character as are the winsome Winnie and her mother Althea and her father Roy. Hovering perpetually in the background is Roy's brother Dean, whose absence is as large as the bear's the family hunts to survive.

    11. Such a beautifully written book, set vividly in Southeast Alaska. Geography of Water is sort of a coming of age story, I suppose, if you were isolated in a remote Alaskan bay. Great read -- I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    12. Our May book group pick. Good writing, strong sense of place. Despite a fairly hopeful ending, the tone of this book is pretty dark.

    13. The best Alaska-written novel I've read. The characters, setting, and story line were all well-developed and well-represented.

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