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The Long-Shining Waters

The Long-Shining Waters
Danielle Sosin
Milkweed Editions
Publish date: 2011-05-10
$16.00
Trade Paper
Review date: 05-11-2012

Synopsis:

The Long-Shining Waters is the story of three women, separated by years and circumstance but connected across time by a shared geography: the inland sea of Lake Superior. Rich with historical detail, each character comes vividly to life in this luminous debut novel.

Review:

 LONG SHINING WATERS

 BY Danielle Sosin

Long Shining Waters is an absolutely intriguing, captivating debut novel. Sosin has done such an incredible job of capturing a sense of place and time it is difficult to believe this is her first novel. The setting for this book is the shores and waters of Lake Superior, or Gitchigumi as it is  known to many. The story is told in alternating chapters from the perspective of three different women in three different centuries. Interspersed is prose from a fourth, slowly emerging voice that mesmerizes the reader on a whole other level. Our author deftly captures the trials and hardships that these women face but more importantly what role this fierce and deadly body of water plays in each of their lives. They have all suffered losses and have all dealt with those losses in very different manners.  Always though, what shines through is the universal human condition of needing love and companionship for survival. I can almost guarantee that any fan of literary fiction will thoroughly enjoy this book and carry it’s haunting message with them for some time.

   
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