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At the water's edge : a novel
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New York : Spiegel & Grau, [2015].
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Book
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First Edition.
Physical Desc:
354 pages : illustration ; 25 cm.
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In this thrilling new novel from the author of Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen again demonstrates her talent for creating spellbinding period pieces. At the Water's Edge is a gripping and poignant love story about a privileged young woman's awakening as she experiences the devastation of World War II in a tiny village in the Scottish Highlands. After disgracing themselves at a high society New Year's Eve party in Philadelphia in 1944, Madeline Hyde and her husband, Ellis, are cut off financially by his father, a former army colonel who is already ashamed of his son's inability to serve in the war. When Ellis and his best friend, Hank, decide that the only way to regain the Colonel's favor is to succeed where the Colonel very publicly failed--by hunting down the famous Loch Ness monster--Maddie reluctantly follows them across the Atlantic, leaving her sheltered world behind.   The trio find themselves in a remote village in the Scottish Highlands, where the locals have nothing but contempt for the privileged interlopers. Maddie is left on her own at the isolated inn, where food is rationed, fuel is scarce, and a knock from the postman can bring tragic news. Yet she finds herself falling in love with the stark beauty and subtle magic of the Scottish countryside. Gradually she comes to know the villagers, and the friendships she forms with two young women open her up to a larger world than she knew existed. Maddie begins to see that nothing is as it first appears: the values she holds dear prove unsustainable, and monsters lurk where they are least expected.   As she embraces a fuller sense of who she might be, Maddie becomes aware not only of the dark forces around her, but of life's beauty and surprising possibilities. Praise for At the Water's Edge   "If I needed a reminder why I am such a fan of Sara Gruen's books, her latest novel provides plenty. Unique in its setting and scope, this impeccably researched historical fiction is full of the gorgeous prose I've come to expect from this author. And even after the final page, its message still resonates with me: The monsters we seek may be right in front of us. In fact, the only fault I can find with this book is that I've already finished it." --Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of Leaving Time   "I devoured this book. Once again Sara Gruen has proven herself to be one of America's most compelling storytellers. You might be tempted to rush to get to the answers at the end--but don't, or you'll miss the delectable journey that is Gruen's prose." --Kathryn Stockett, New York Times bestselling author of The Help   "Magical . . . At the Water's Edge skillfully transports us to a small, tenacious Scottish village in the grip of war, and into the heart of Madeline Hyde, a woman who is a stranger to herself until forces convene to rock her awake. Sara Gruen is a wizard at capturing the essence of her historical setting, and does so here in spades, but it's Maddie's unexpected transformation that grounds and drives the novel." --Paula McLain, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Wife   " At the Water's Edge is a rich, beautiful novel. Elegantly written and compulsively readable, it is at once a gripping love story, a profound examination of the effects of war on ordinary women, and a compelling portrait of female friendship." --Kristin Hannah, New York Times bestselling author of The Nightingale
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ISBN:
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While her husband, Ellis, and his friend try to find the Loch Ness monster in an attempt to get back into his father's good graces, Maddie is left on her own in World War II-era Scotland and experiences a social awakening.
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APA Citation (style guide)

Gruen, S. (2015). At the water's edge: a novel. First Edition. New York: Spiegel & Grau.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Gruen, Sara. 2015. At the Water's Edge: A Novel. New York: Spiegel & Grau.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Gruen, Sara, At the Water's Edge: A Novel. New York: Spiegel & Grau, 2015.

MLA Citation (style guide)

Gruen, Sara. At the Water's Edge: A Novel. First Edition. New York: Spiegel & Grau, 2015. Print.

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