The Weight of Water

The Weight of Water

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Journeying to Smuttynose Island, off the coast of New Hampshire, to shoot a photo essay about a century-old double murder, a photographer becomes absorbed by the crime and increasingly obsessed with jealousy over the idea that her husband is having an affair.

Baker & Taylor
Journeying to Smuttynose Island, off the coast of New Hampshire, to shoot a photo essay about a century-old double murder, a photographer becomes absorbed by the crime and increasingly obsessed with jealousy over the idea that her husband is having an affair. Tour.

Blackwell North Amer
On a small island off the New Hampshire coast in 1873, two women were brutally murdered by an unknown assailant. A third woman survived the attack, hiding in a sea cave until dawn.
More than a century later, a photographer, Jean, comes to the island to shoot a photo-essay about the legendary crime. Immersing herself in accounts of the lives of the fishermen's wives who were its victims, she becomes obsessed with the barrenness of these women's days: the ardor-killing labor, the long stretches of loneliness, the maddening relentless winds that threatened to scour them off the rocky island. How could a marriage survive those privations? Was this misery connected to the killings?
Jean's marriage is enduring heavy weather of its own. On the boat she has chartered for this project, she and her husband are falling apart. Their nights are full of drink and terrible silences, and Jean feels jealousy and distrust invading her life and her work. The forces that blasted the island a century earlier come alive inside Jean, bringing her to the verge of actions she never dreamed herself capable of - with no idea whether her choices will destroy all she has ever valued or bring her safely home.

Baker
& Taylor

Journeying to Smuttynose Island, off the coast of New Hampshire, to shoot a photoessay about a century-old double murder, a photographer becomes absorbed by the crime and increasingly obsessed with jealousy over the idea that her husband is having an affair

Publisher: Boston, MA : Little, Brown and Company, 1997.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780316789974
0316789976
Branch Call Number: SHR
Characteristics: 246 p. ; 24 cm.

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JackPurcell
May 25, 2015

A freshman writing course should use this as an example of how dangerous flashback is as a literary tool. The plots, both of them, stumble back and forth like drunks across one another until the reader is confused, lost, ready to commit murder against the author.

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nipper
Sep 09, 2009

good book.....like the writing

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Cabby
Nov 08, 2007

Depressing and hard to follow

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KarenW
Sep 04, 2001

Told by a woman who is trying to forget the past, this book reveals a story of human desire, jealousy, and betrayal. Jean has accepted a photography assignment off the Isles of Shoals. She is to photograph the abandoned scene of a century old murder on Smuttynose Island. She is joined by her husband and daughter on a boat manned by her husband?s brother and sensuous girlfriend. Almost at once, Jean finds the tight quarters too confining and open to suggestion. Her own fears and jealousy surface immediately, and are echoed in the story of the murder. The portentous atmosphere on the boat, and in the flashback story, lead the reader to a shocking conclusion.

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