Life Without Water

Nancy Peacock

Published by Longstreet Press, 1996
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Synopsis: This is the kind of book that you read, love and then give to a friend saying, "You have to read this...
In a powerful and acute debut, highly acclaimed author Nancy Peacock gives us a young narrator who is both knowing and innocent, trusting and fearful: a girl named Cedar, who reflects on her childhood in the wake of the Vietnam war. As she and her young mother Sara both come of age, Cedar explores the intense bond--and discovers the boundaries--of their mother-daughter relationship. Living as hippies in an abandoned farmhouse in North Carolina, Sara and Cedar survive a number of romantic and domestic misadventures, first with Cedar's father Sol, and later with a group of friends living together in a commune-style home. Lyrical, bittersweet and utterly unforgettable, Life Without Water uniquely captures this time--and its joys, hazards, complexities and disappointments.

Review: Nancy Peacock's brief first novel manages to cover a lot of geographic and emotional ground. Essentially a coming-of-age novel about a girl named Cedar whose parents have tuned in and dropped out to an abandoned North Carolina farmhouse named Two Moons, Peacock's book presents a deft social history of the 1960s and early 1970s seen through a sly and precocious child's eyes. Sol and Sara, Cedar's parents, eventually split up--a good thing, since Sol is a lazy and incorrigible pothead--and mother and daughter take off on a cross-country odyssey (in a Volkswagen van, naturally) that takes them to Taos. There Sara meets a handsome artist who accompanies them back to Two Moons. A pastoral idyll ensues until an amorous and amoral female house guest appears on the scene. The characters in this unassuming book carry monikers like Norther, Roxy, and Topaz, and their dreamy, short-lived ideals typify an era that many 50-somethings would rather forget.

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Title: Life Without Water
Publisher: Longstreet Press
Publication Date: 1996
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