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At the water's edge : a novel

by Gruen, Sara,

Format: Print Book 2015
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Summary
In this thrilling new novel from the author of Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen again demonstrates her talent for creating spellbinding period pieces. At the Water's Edge is a gripping and poignant love story about a privileged young woman's awakening as she experiences the devastation of World War II in a tiny village in the Scottish Highlands.

After disgracing themselves at a high society New Year's Eve party in Philadelphia in 1944, Madeline Hyde and her husband, Ellis, are cut off financially by his father, a former army colonel who is already ashamed of his son's inability to serve in the war. When Ellis and his best friend, Hank, decide that the only way to regain the Colonel's favor is to succeed where the Colonel very publicly failed--by hunting down the famous Loch Ness monster--Maddie reluctantly follows them across the Atlantic, leaving her sheltered world behind.
 
The trio find themselves in a remote village in the Scottish Highlands, where the locals have nothing but contempt for the privileged interlopers. Maddie is left on her own at the isolated inn, where food is rationed, fuel is scarce, and a knock from the postman can bring tragic news. Yet she finds herself falling in love with the stark beauty and subtle magic of the Scottish countryside. Gradually she comes to know the villagers, and the friendships she forms with two young women open her up to a larger world than she knew existed. Maddie begins to see that nothing is as it first appears: the values she holds dear prove unsustainable, and monsters lurk where they are least expected.
 
As she embraces a fuller sense of who she might be, Maddie becomes aware not only of the dark forces around her, but of life's beauty and surprising possibilities.

Praise for At the Water's Edge
 
"If I needed a reminder why I am such a fan of Sara Gruen's books, her latest novel provides plenty. Unique in its setting and scope, this impeccably researched historical fiction is full of the gorgeous prose I've come to expect from this author. And even after the final page, its message still resonates with me: The monsters we seek may be right in front of us. In fact, the only fault I can find with this book is that I've already finished it." --Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of Leaving Time
 
"I devoured this book. Once again Sara Gruen has proven herself to be one of America's most compelling storytellers. You might be tempted to rush to get to the answers at the end--but don't, or you'll miss the delectable journey that is Gruen's prose." --Kathryn Stockett, New York Times bestselling author of The Help
 
"Magical . . . At the Water's Edge skillfully transports us to a small, tenacious Scottish village in the grip of war, and into the heart of Madeline Hyde, a woman who is a stranger to herself until forces convene to rock her awake. Sara Gruen is a wizard at capturing the essence of her historical setting, and does so here in spades, but it's Maddie's unexpected transformation that grounds and drives the novel." --Paula McLain, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Wife
 
" At the Water's Edge is a rich, beautiful novel. Elegantly written and compulsively readable, it is at once a gripping love story, a profound examination of the effects of war on ordinary women, and a compelling portrait of female friendship." --Kristin Hannah, New York Times bestselling author of The Nightingale
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Lacking a strong cast of sympathetic protagonists, Gruen's latest is slightly off target. Though she combines historical fiction, romance, and fable to good effect, and her narrative description is often sublime, a cast of extremely unlikable main characters prohibits the author from scoring the literary bull's-eye she achieved in Water for Elephants (1992). In 1945, three admittedly spoiled brats, who humiliated themselves and their families on the social circuit, take off for a lark in the Scottish Highlands. While hunting for the elusive Loch Ness monster as a way of redeeming themselves and their fortunes, married Maddie and Ellis and perennial sidekick Hank are also faced with the daunting task of sorting out their own issues, including their own unresolved love triangle. As Maddie connects with the environment and the locals, her self-awareness deepens, while Ellis and Hank seem to regress. Though the waning days of WWII initially seem like a strange backdrop for this tale, as Maddie shows signs of emotional growth, it begins to make more sense as an effective narrative counterpoint. Though flawed, this ambitious novel is a natural for the book-club set. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Since she scored an undisputed literary and best-selling bull's-eye with Water for Elephants, anything Gruen writes is destined to fly off the shelves.--Flanagan, Margaret Copyright 2015 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Gruen's (Water for Elephants) riveting fifth novel follows Philadelphia socialite Madeline Hyde; her husband, Ellis; and his best friend, Hank, on a quest to Loch Ness in January 1945 as they seek proof of the legendary monster, which Ellis's father allegedly photographed 13 years earlier. Once the trio is ensconced in the tiny village of Drumnadrochit, Hank and Ellis begin disappearing for days at a time, leaving Maddie alone back at the inn with no ration card, no practical skills, and no emergency gear. She soon bonds with the locals-even Angus, the inn's brooding, standoffish owner-and her newfound friendships help her cope with household chores and air raids alike. As the days drag on, Maddie begins to uncover truths about her family, as well as secrets about Ellis, that force her to reimagine her entire life as she knows it. A slow start gives way to mystery upon mystery, building to a gripping climax. Though some aspects, particularly an ambiguous brush with the supernatural, are a little pedestrian, Gruen's beautiful setting and deeply sympathetic characters ensure a memorable read for new and returning fans alike. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects Fathers and sons -- Fiction.
Socialites -- Fiction.
Loch Ness monster -- Fiction.
Psychological fiction.
Historical fiction.
Publisher New York :2015
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 354 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN 9780385523233
0385523238
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