Waterwoman: A Novel of the Eastern Shore

 
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Even as a child, plain, boyish Annie Revels had everyone's role in life figured out. Everyone's, that is, except her own. Her mother was sickly and needed to be taken care of. Her little sister Rebecca was remarkably beautiful, where Annie was not. Her father was a waterman, a free-looking life Annie deeply envied and could've had, if only she'd been born a son.

Tiny, remote Yaupon Island knows nothing of the partying, gin-soaked Roaring Twenties which grip the rest of the country. The Revels family depends on the coastal waters to make a living, and tragedy is always only a bad storm away. As Annie notes, "In order to live on the Shore, you need to understand that good weather always follows bad." But when her father dies, suddenly it falls to Annie to take his place aboard the oyster boat and support what's left of the family.

Out there, she finds the only life she thought she could ever really fit into: being a waterman. Until one day, out on the water, she meets Nathan . .

LENORE HART is the author of seven other novels, including ORDINARY SPRINGS, BECKY: THE LIFE AND LOVES OF BECKY THATCHER, and THE RAVEN'S BRIDE. She lives on the Eastern Shore with her husband, novelist David Poyer, and teaches in the Wilkes University MA/MFA Creative Writing Program.

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Lenore Hart lives with her husband, novelist David Poyer, and is at work on her second novel.

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Alternately understated and melodramatic, Hart's debut reads like a Greek tragedy crossed with Peyton Place. For most of her 20 years, Annie Revels ("the sister who was never much to look at") has taken a back seat to her beautiful sister, Rebecca, four years her junior. They live with their gruff and leathery father, George, and their mentally fragile "Mam" on a small island off the Virginia coast in the early 1900s. They receive no formal education, so Rebecca spends her days lolling about as Mam's favorite daughter, while Annie prefers roughing it on the water with her fisherman father, trapping the crabs and oysters that humbly sustain the family. But George warns her that this can't be her future: "Women and water? That's black gum against thunder." Hart's grasp of the turn of the century regional vernacular lends an authentic tone to the narrative. Equally impressive is her research on the rules of the water and the lifestyle of watermen. After her father's death, Annie bucks society and becomes a waterwoman so she can care for her helpless invalid mother and sister, "oversized children I had suddenly birthed, innocent beyond reason and without a clue." She has resigned herself to supporting her family for the rest of her days when she's hit by a squall called Nathan Combs, a handsome tour boat captain who capsizes Annie's ideas about herself and her future. At this juncture, the novel becomes a gothic page-turner and a tear-jerking drama. Hart reaches surprising emotional depths with her exploration of sibling rivalry, familial commitment and social taboos.
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