The Long-shining Waters

The Long-shining Waters

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Baker & Taylor
Provides an intimate portrait of three women, in different times, who live on Lake Superior and the struggles they face.

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Lake Superior, the north country, the great fresh-water expanse. Frigid. Lethal. Wildly beautiful. The Long-Shining Waters gives us three stories whose characters are separated by centuries and circumstance, yet connected across time by a shared geography.

In 1622, Grey Rabbit?an Ojibwe woman, a mother and wife?struggles to understand a dream-life that has taken on fearful dimensions. As she and her family confront the hardship of living near the ?big water,” her psyche and her world edge toward irreversible change. In 1902, Berit and Gunnar, a Norwegian fishing couple, also live on the lake. Berit is unable to conceive, and the lake anchors her isolated life, testing the limits of her endurance and spirit. And in 2000, when Nora, a seasoned bar owner, loses her job and is faced with an open-ended future, she is drawn reluctantly into a road trip around the great lake.

As these narratives unfold and overlap with the mesmerizing rhythm of waves, a fourth mysterious character gradually comes into stark relief. Rich in historical detail, and universal in its exploration of the human desire for meaning when faced with uncertainty, The Long-Shining Waters is an unforgettable and singular debut.


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& Taylor

Lake Superior, the north country, the great fresh-water expanse. Frigid. Lethal. Wildly beautiful. The Long-Shining Waters gives us three stories whose characters are separated by centuries and circumstance, yet connected across time by a shared geography. In 1622, Grey Rabbit-an Ojibwe woman, a mother and wife-struggles to understand a dream-life that has taken on fearful dimensions. As she and her family confront the hardship of living near the "big water," her psyche and her world edge toward irreversible change. In 1902, Berit and Gunnar, a Norwegian fishing couple, also live on the lake. Berit is unable to conceive, and the lake anchors her isolated life, testing the limits of her endurance and spirit. And in 2000, when Nora, a seasoned bar owner, loses her job and is faced with an open-ended future, she is drawn reluctantly into a road trip around the great lake. As these narratives unfold and overlap with the mesmerizing rhythm of waves, a fourth mysterious character gradually comes into stark relief. Rich in historical detail, and universal in its exploration of the human desire for meaning when faced with uncertainty, The Long-Shining Waters is an unforgettable and singular debut.

Publisher: Minneapolis, Minn. : Milkweed Editions, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781571310835
1571310835
Characteristics: 274 p. ; 23 cm

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melib614
Apr 12, 2012

This is not a novel. It is three short stories with no obvious relationship to each other except Lake Superior. How could this win a literary prize???

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EmilyEm
Oct 30, 2011

Oh, the big lake! How beautifully Sosin writes of Lake Superior. But, the three women in three times while sharply characterized just had stories that went nowhere for me. This isn't a plot-driven novel. I needed a bit more of that.

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namowkoob
Jun 21, 2011

This book really captures the essence of Lake Superior which functions as one of the main characters in the tri-fold plot. Three stories, three points of time in history, all playing out on the same shores. A little bit like time travel. Very enjoyable.

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