Reader Review: This was a kind of literary mystery about a woman who returns to the hotel where she grew up (her father was manager) to uncover the secrets of her family's past. I liked the way in which portions of the novels written by the narrator's mother mirror the real life/history she gradually uncovers. This kept me interested even though much of the "mystery" was pretty easy to see in advance.
Iris Greenfeder, ABD (All But Dissertation), feels the “buts” are taking over her life: all but published, all but a professor, all but married. Yet the sudden impulse to write a story about her mother, Katherine Morrissey, leads to a shot at literary success. The piece recounts an eerie Irish fairy tale her mother used to tell her at bedtime—and nestled inside it is the sad story of her death. It captures the attention of her mother’s former literary agent, who is convinced that Katherine wrote one final manuscript before her strange, untimely end in a fire thirty years ago. So Iris goes back to the remote Hotel Equinox in the Catskills, the place where she grew up, to write her mother’s biography and search for the missing manuscript—and there she unravels a haunting mystery, one that holds more secrets than she ever expected. . . .
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|Title of eBook: The Seduction of Water|
|Release Date: 01-01-2003|
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The Seduction of Water
My favorite story when I was small, the one I begged for night after night, was “The Selkie.”
“That old story,” my mother would say. She’d say it in exactly the same tone of voice as when my father complimented her dress. Oh, this old thing, she’d say, her pale green eyes giving away her pleasure. “Wouldn’t you rather something new?” And she’d hold up a shiny book my aunt Sophie, my father’s sister, had bought for me. The Bobbsey Twins or, when I was older, Nancy Drew. American stories with an improving message and plucky, intrepid heroines.
“No, I want your story,” I would say. It was her story because she knew it by heart, had heard it from her mother, who had heard it from hers . . . a line of mothers and daughters that I imagined like the image of me and her when I stood by her side in front of the mirrors in the lobby.
“Well, if it will help you sleep . . .”
And I would nod, burrowing deeper into the blankets. It was one of the few requests I stuck to, perhaps because my mother’s initial hesitation came to be part of the ritual—part of the telling. A game we played because I knew she liked that I wanted her story, not some store-bought one. Even when she was dressed to go out and she had only come up to say a quick good night she would sit down on the edge of my bed and shrug her coat off her shoulders so that its black fur collar settled down around her waist and I would nestle into its dark, perfumed plush, and she, getting ready to tell her story, would touch the long strands of pearls at her neck, the beads making a soft clicking sound, and close he
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kept me interested
Reviewer: A reader from Virginia, USA
a woman who returns to the hotel where she grew up (her
father was manager) to uncover the secrets of her family's
past. I liked the way in which portions of the novels
written by the narrator's mother mirror the real
life/history she gradually uncovers. This kept me
interested even though much of the "mystery" was pretty easy
to see in advance.
September 21, 2010
This was a kind of literary mystery about
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