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In Dark Water

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In Dark Water

In 1958, in a small town in upstate New York, the Buell family is falling apart. The sudden death of David, the only son, forever changes the bonds that connect them to one another and to the world. As her mother sinks into depression, eleven-year-old Dorrie Buell, full of an unusual mix of grit and delicacy, sets out on her own. Armed with the imagined identity of a cowboy drifter, Dorrie finds kinship and refuge in the hilltop farm of the eccentric Tappen family. Yet the deep currents of Dorrie's life keep pulling her back toward her mother, toward the past that binds them, toward common ground.

Luminous, alive with the secret knowledge of childhood, In Dark Water is a stunning novel of one family's trial and redemption.

In Dark Water
by Mermer Blakeslee

  • Publication Date: April 20, 1999
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books
  • ISBN-10: 034541778X
  • ISBN-13: 9780345417787