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At the water's edge a novel

by Gruen, Sara,

Format: Book on MP3 Disc 2015
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 2 copies
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Summary
In this new novel from the author of Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen again demonstrates her talent for creating spellbinding period pieces. In At the Water's Edge, she tells the gripping and poignant story of a privileged young woman's moral and sexual awakening as she experiences the devastations of World War II in a Scottish Highland village.
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.
Audiobooks.
Publisher Solon, Ohio :2015
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Eyre, Justine, narrator.
Findaway World, LLC, publisher.
Participants/Performers Read by Justine Eyre.
Language English
Notes Title from Playaway label.
"HD."
"LIGHT."
"Random House Audio."
Release date supplied by publisher.
Previously released by Random House LLC, ℗2015.
Issued on Playaway, a dedicated audio media player.
One set of earphones and one AAA battery required for listening.
Description 1 audio media player (10 hours) : digital ; 3 1/4 x 2 in.
ISBN 9781467601221
1467601225
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