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Iris Greenfeder is a 36-year-old barely published New York writer and teacher whose long-term boyfriend, an artist, sees her schedule as strict and therefore will not spend the night, because he likes to get up and paint first thing every morning. When one of Iris's stories about her mother is picked up by a small literary journal with a well-connected editor, things start to happen for her. She becomes convinced that a summer out of the city, working as manager of the old hotel, will give her the perfect setting in which to pen a memoir of her writer mother, as well as an opportunity to look for the rumored manuscript of her mother's final book. But there are those who are just as determined to keep the dead woman's secrets in the grave. Only mildly suspenseful, and relying too much on coincidence, The Seduction of Water isn't the page-turner that Goodman's debut was, but patient readers may find it a richer and more satisfying novel overall. --Regina Marler --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
I really enjoyed this book and found it to be an easy and fun read. There are some dark and quirky characters, secrets and misery for Iris as she tries to find answers to the... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kat A.
I really enjoyed this novel. I never read a story like it. It was almost like reading two great novels at once. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Pat
Carol Goodman creates characters you care about and draws you into each world in her novels. This is my favorite book of all her writing. Read morePublished 14 months ago by joyfully centered
I read this with my bookclub. It was not one of my favorites, guess just not the typical read for me. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Elizabeth Blanchard
I really enjoyed the characters in this story. It was a good mystery and the Irish "fairy tales" were a bonus. Read morePublished 23 months ago by The Deacon
Great plot, different. Lots of fairy tale connections. Although I have never heard of most of these fairy tales, it was a good story based around themPublished 23 months ago by Cindi
I recently listened to the audio version of 'The Ghost Orchid' by Carol Goodman and thought it was wonderful. Read morePublished on May 13, 2012 by Barbarino
I picked this book up as is was marked as a Ballantine readers circle book (usually these books can be counted on to be very good). Read morePublished on July 14, 2011 by Tyson
I found this book to be absolutely enthralling - even though there wasn't any action packed drama going on. Read morePublished on May 3, 2010 by Stardust