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By Way of Water (SFWP Literary Awards) by [Charlotte Gullick]

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By Way of Water (SFWP Literary Awards) Kindle Edition

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Length: 228 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Age Level: 14 - 14 Grade Level: 8 - 8
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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Gullick's debut novel is a lovingly rendered story of a family and a community surrendering angrily to changing times. Set in 1977 in Northern California's redwood country, the novel follows the Colbys through the eyes of its youngest and most vulnerable member, Justy. As the novel opens, seven-year-old Justy and her family havent eaten for a week, and the electricity has been shut off. They're broke because Justy's father, Jake, fells trees for a living, but in winter he has no work. He won't accept welfare or charity, and his wife, Dale, a Jehovah's Witness, believes Jake shouldn't provide food for his family by killing a deer, because hunting is illegal. On the same day that Dale breaks her vow and lets her husband shoot a doe, Justy gives up speech so that she might attend to her parents more closely. Child protagonists can be winning, but only if handled with considerable skill. Involved as she is in her parents minds, Justy fails to be convincing, often having thoughts appropriate to an older, more experienced person. Gullick, who is also a poet, often chooses the symbolic over the likely action. Her characters swim or lie on the earth or dream of water when they might do something more practical and believable. There's a lot of mist in Gullick's timber country, and it attenuates the drama. Still, few authors have paid attention to characters descended from Steinbeck's and Norris's, and its refreshing to see a novel that does justice to this forgotten pocket of the country.
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"Gullick's debut novel is a lovingly rendered story of a family and a community surrendering angrily to changing times . . . few authors have paid attention to characters descended from Steinbeck's and Norris's, and its refreshing to see a novel that does justice to this forgotten pocket of the country."  —Publisher’s Weekly

"The deepest beliefs of a husband and wife come into conflict in this debut novel set in the late 1970s in a California forest threatened by the opening of a mine. Gullick deftly touches on wider issues of environmentalism and racism, and her characters are well drawn. A heartfelt first novel."  —Booklist --This text refers to the paperback edition.


Product details

  • File Size : 1634 KB
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print Length : 228 pages
  • Publisher : Santa Fe Writer's Project (November 1, 2013)
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : B00D5FL4X4
  • Publication Date : November 1, 2013
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Lending : Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28 ratings