Here Lies the Water

Meredith Steinbach

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[ No Hassle 30 Day Returns ][ Ships Daily ] [ Underlining/Highlighting: NONE ] [ Writing: NONE ] [ Edition: Reprint ] Publisher: Another Chicago Pr Pub Date: 7/1/1990 Binding: Hardcover Pages: 238 Reprint edition. Bookseller Inventory #

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Review: The first ominous rumbling that something is wrong with this book is that descriptions of the novel's characters precede the opening chapter. While such a thing is not uncommon in mysteries and other books where plot is everything and character development must yield to its breakneck pace, that is not the case with Here Lies the Water. Development is difficult to find in this poorly organized novel. First person is employed witout having first distinguished the characters' voices, silly episodes are given the same weight as tragedies, and some juxtapositions and over-written passages simply defy comprehension. If Here Lies the Water had been presented as a collection of short stories, it would have been a strong one. Here are compelling narratives: First, the tragic story of a doctor who, being Black, is kept from operating on a dying child because the parents won't let the doctor touch him; when this results in the child's death, the doctor's son is tormented relentlessly at school. And there is the character of the writer and her lesbian lover: Their romance is complicated both by the lover's fickleness and the lack of acceptance of her within the writer's close group of friends. Then there is the lover's own story: adopted by a couple to replace a baby they lost, she chooses to invent an identity to escape the one bestowed on her. But the resonance of these stories is undermined by the structure that fails to hold them together. And while Here Lies the Water is ultimately moving, reader beware: It's a bumpy and mostly uphill ride. -- From Independent Publisher

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