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Stillwater Hardcover – Large Print, June, 2002

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From Library Journal

Having written two political satires (Mackerel by Moonlight and Big Ugly), former Massachusetts governor Weld has changed gears in his third book. Readers will inhabit, for a few hours, a small town just west of Boston. It is 1938, and the community is about to be inundated by a river, dammed to create a reservoir to supply the big city. Fifteen-year-old Jamieson, orphaned but nurtured by his savvy and strong granny, witnesses not just the loss of his home but also the experience of first love, becoming a man, and seeing at first hand some of the most rotten aspects of men at work. His narrative captures the magic moments of a childhood spent outdoors, the emotional contours of adolescence, and the essence of small-town Massachusetts. It is written with disciplined affection unmarred by sentimentality. For every public library but especially those with Americana interests.
- Barbara Conaty, Library of Congress
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From The New Yorker

The flooding of five towns in rural western Massachusetts for the creation of a reservoir is the turning point in this elegiac novel about devastation in the name of progress and the durability of childhood memories. In 1938, Jamieson Kooby is fifteen years old—still enough of a boy to roam the Swift River Valley looking for crows to shoot and catfish to behead, and just enough of a young man to fall in love with Hannah, a strange local farm girl who is a compendium of lore about regional historical figures she has known in her previous lives. Weld, a former governor of Massachusetts and the author of two previous, slighter novels, is eloquent about the stark mysteries of the New England landscape and sly about the shenanigans of the valley's not-so-simple denizens. When Betty Catlett, at a ceremony for the new Winsor Dam, objects to everyone's getting an early start on the buffet lunch even though a hurricane is coming—"I promised Mr. Winsor no one would eat a thing until he had finished speaking"—Jamieson's great uncle Ed says, "Eating deviled eggs don't make much noise."
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Product Details

  • Series: Thorndike Americana
  • Hardcover: 275 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press; Lrg edition (June 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786241705
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786241705
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,452,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on December 16, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the best books I have read in a long, long time. The descriptions of the time, place and characters are haunting. Although I have finished the book some time ago, it remains in my mind.
Beautiful and sensitive! Maybe one of my all-time favorites!
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The Quabbin is a story in itself; now a body of water where three small towns once were. They were quiet villages with private and independent people. Bill Weld introduces us to a dozen or so of them in a way that makes you think he himself was there as their homes were razed and they were vacated in order to provide a source of water for Boston, some seventy miles east of them.
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This is a beautifully-written book, about an interesting if not tragic sequence of events with characters well described, but in spite of these qualities the writing failed to engage my interest. I was reminded of a book from my youth, HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY, lovely descriptions but nothing about the writing involved me in the emotion of it. I gave up after 100 pages. I am sure it will appeal to readers of mild interests, and that comment is not a slam. It just left me bored, but pleasantly bored. I hate it when good writing falls flat.
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The story seemed forced and came out unnaturally. The premise was an interesting, but I found my mind wandering. The characters were not engaging at all! Also, their actions often seemed to come out of no where, with hardly any follow up. The beginning of the novel overall was too cutesy and corny for words. The ending was a bit better, but still didn't make up for the first portion. I'm glad I've done reading it, so I can move on to something more interesting and better written!
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Incredible in its breadth and brevity, William Weld's newest work, Stillwater, is destined to become a classic. Set in the late 1930's, he takes us back to a time both magical and surreal, yet as firmly rooted to the earth as Frost's poetry. The landscape of Swift Water Valley is to be soon flooded by a giant reservior, swallowing towns, farms, and innocence. Without giving the story away, let me conclude that the name of Jameison will one day be as familiar as Scout.
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