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Water Dogs: A Novel Hardcover – January 13, 2009
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Those pesky twenty-somethings are growing up and with it comes paintball tournaments, early adult love, reflections of adolescence and, yes, intrigue. Robinson deftly splays his characters across sofas, beds and time and the result is as crisp a novel as the snow undertow. The story unfolds neatly, and his narrative always runs in a smooth fashion.
"Water Dogs" is not to be read on the beach. It's a fireplace and blizzard type of book, and one I highly recommend. This is my first introduction to Lewis Robinson and I hope to read more of his works.
The book revolves around the lives of a family of twenty-somethings and their friends. While you find yourself wishing they'd get some direciton in life, you also find yourself there with them. Robinson puts you in their world and gets you inside their heads and hearts.
This book is art and fine literature. I hope we see more from this author. This is his first novel. He had previously published a collection of short stories.
Everyone who reviews this book seems to have some connection with Maine so I might as well say mine. We own a home in central Maine and have vacationed there for over thirty years. We are "from away." My daughter is a Bowdoin graduate, who coincidentally worked in animal shelters in town and got to know a fair number of local people while studying there. She and her fiance, also a Bowdoin graduate whose family now makes theiir home in the vicinity found the book captivating.
The book is moody and believable and a fine mystery. You will find yourself wanting to get back to it when you put it down. You will also get the sense that you reading something worthwhile.
Understated is nice; boring is not.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I would recommend this book. Robinson did an excellent job with characterization and plot in this novel which takes place over a winter in Maine. Read morePublished on June 1, 2014 by Caroline K.
This book is so beautifully written that I wanted to read it slowly and savor every moment. But the suspense drove me on; I wanted to learn what happened to these people I came to... Read morePublished on April 16, 2009 by Robert Glatzer
This book was such a good read. For me the brilliance was in the details. For example. my above review title is a book which the protagonist sees on a bedside table, giving the... Read morePublished on March 6, 2009 by Jenifer G. Mumford
The characters in Water Dogs move through the snow, taking unexpected and unhurried turns, but there's never a moment that the reader isn't fully awake and engaged. Read morePublished on March 4, 2009 by sheila