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The Water and the Blood: A Novel

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  1,226 Ratings  ·  252 Reviews
I turned and faced the road we'd come down, my face hard and set. The kids moved on without me. I could still see a slight glow and the murky, gray smoke reaching above the trees, where it spread to the south....

When I thought they were out of earshot, I took a deep breath. "You lied to me," I whispered toward the building, to all the people it represented, to the hours I'
ebook, 416 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published 2001)
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Jul 31, 2008 Eliece rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I loved this author's first two books, so I was eagerly looking forward to this one, especially since it was largely set in East Texas where I grew up, and takes place during World War II (a time that I enjoy reading about.)
I found quite a few things that bothered me. Her style was very different this time. It just didn't hang together--didn't flow well. She jumped around from Frosty's being in high school to episodes that happened to her as a child. I don't mean flashbacks, or that she was just
This book is about racism during the WWII years and how the hatred and ignorance of racism can tear a family apart.

I would like to give this book 3 and a half stars but will settle with 3. At first I had a hard time seperating the characters as there are many and many stories behind each person and how everyone is connected so i was confused trying to keep them straight. However, once I understood who was who I couldn't put the book down. It was like an emotional roller coaster though, I was an
This is actually a 4 or even 5 star book. However, my rating is based on my enjoyment of it, and I only liked it - didn't love it.

I had a difficult time with the first 50 pages or so - getting a feel for the rhythm of the book, the changes in voice, the changes in setting, the changes in pacing. This sense of unease and unevenness stayed with me throughout the entire novel.

It is shortly before World War II, and Frosty Summers is stuck in the backwater of Sabine, Texas. The racism in her small to
As always, I'll leave the plot synopsis to the professionals...I should have followed my own good advice to not read the work of a great author in reverse-chronological order, or at least checked the always-spot-on reviews found here on Goodreads. This is apparently an early effort by Nancy Turner (original publish date is 2001), and I was pretty excited to see how she took on this chapter of history. Though the story had really good potential, It suffers from ridiculously bad editing-pages 343- ...more
Jan 20, 2010 Karyl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wish, oh how I wish, I could give this book five stars. After reading her other three books, I am now counting Nancy E. Turner as one of my favorite authors, and most of this book did not disappoint. The imagery was so vivid that it felt like I was a part of the book. I found myself thinking about the characters in the book even when I wasn't reading it. I enjoyed how Ms Turner gave us glimpses of the lives of other characters interwoven in the main plot of the story. Her portrayal of a southe ...more
Apr 19, 2010 Andrea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Andrea by: Katie!!
Shelves: american-lit
This is the 2nd book I've read from Nancy Turner. How do I put this? I liked this book a lot. She had the same writing style that I love from These Is My Words. But it wasn't as enjoyable a novel as These Is My Words because of the very little redeemable qualities that are in the people surrounding Frosty. Frosty, as the heroine of the novel, is just as well written as Sarah. But some of the themes of racism, which I always defined as prejudice against anyone of a different color-which was portr ...more
May 07, 2013 Tamra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I definitely did not like this book as much as "Sarah's Quilt", I really do like Nancy Turner's writing style - hence the sole reason for the three stars. However, the story just didn't seem to work and it was infuriating for the main character to keep taking the verbal and physical abuse she was doled out by her parents without fighting back in the least - even after she had left home and become an adult,forming her own opinions of the world. The family would have a tremendous blow-up ...more
Sep 14, 2010 Becca rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Turner's These is my Words is one of my top-5 books. I was so excited to read another one by her, but this book is a disappointment. It had a lot of potential. The characters were unique, the subject matter interesting. The story needed to be told. She apparently doesn't know how to develop characters, however, in this style of book. In These is my Words, the reader KNOWS Sarah because the book is essentially her journal. In The Water and the Blood, the reader never knows Frosty or the other cha ...more
Aug 21, 2009 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club-books
How I love Nancy Turner's writing, she is so talented but the story of this book didn't capture me like the These Is My Words series. Maybe it's because I love Sarah Prine so much, but this one was still good. I would say I would have enjoyed it more if it would have been edited differently, meaning the characters and the beginning really confused me for about the first 100 or so pages and it all fit together in the end. I also wanted more explanation of Frosty's actions and Gordon's actions at ...more
May 27, 2008 Nicole rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had a hard time trying to decide how I felt about this book. It definitely was nothing like "These Is My Words." It was a totally different story and was a bit darker. I thought the story line and the writing were really good. However, it seemed like the editor stopped reading about 2/3 of the way through the book. All of the sudden there were things happening that didn't make any sense. A couple's baby suddenly shows up when previously she was pregnant and then it goes back to her being pregn ...more
May 13, 2011 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book. I didn't like this book. I wanted to give it three stars, but felt that would be unfair, that it deserved more. I've read other Nancy Turner books, and in my opinion, thought her writing was better in the other books. Whether it was her purpose or not in "The Water and the Blood" there were times the author left out critical details to help the reader get who and what. The story was heartbreaking and heartwarming. I'm not sure I will ever understand how "civilized" humans can ...more
Mar 15, 2014 Evi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very seldom do I give 5 stars. This book took a bit getting into because of the diverse group of characters. Once I got everybody sorted out, it was impossible to put the book down. The visual description by Nancy Turner made it easy to smell and feel the east Texas dirt and taste the horror, fear and anger of small-town prejudice. She really nailed it.

Like another reviewer, my favorite quote is on p. 242: "You ain't the first woman, nor the last, that's got a load to bear. And when it finally g
Oct 23, 2014 Lorrie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ms Turner would be hard-pressed to write anything that surpasses her amazing These Is My Words series. This book did come up a bit short. The story was pretty slow in the first half of the book, but it picked up significantly in the last half. I felt so disgusted with Frosty's family as I finished the book. I didn't care for the ending; I wanted to read about Sheriff Moultrie's reaction to Frosty's letter as well as the reaction of everyone else in this bigoted town.

Since the first half of the
Oct 05, 2010 Libby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was beautiful! I really appreciate the fact that Nancy Turner didn't fall into the trap so many authors fall into and write something too similar to what they've had success with in the past. This was completely different from These is My Words, but just as rich in themes and beautiful in writing. I liked it at least as well as These is My Words, maybe better.
As soon as I started this book, I remembered that I had read it before. While it's not as good as Nancy Turner's other books (These is My Words, etc.), I enjoyed it. I was happy to read it a second time.
Erin Sorensen
Jun 04, 2010 Erin Sorensen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is written in a different style, but I liked how eventually all the pieces fall together. Sometimes I don't believe people can be as close-minded and prejudiced as the characters in this book, but I guess in other times people were. I was sad when it was over.
Feb 18, 2009 Christy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It took me about a hundred pages to really get into the book but it was well worth it. Nancy Turner can spin a tale! I couldn't put this book down after I got into it.
Jan 10, 2017 Diana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't say I loooved this book because the story is so heartwrenching and too realistic. But it was a grown up book and I need to read more of those. She's a wonderful writer and I feel like I learned a lot about WW2 and Baptists in the South. I'd recommend it.
Nov 30, 2016 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Something for everyone, The Water and the Blood combines a number of topics - a little history, a little romance, a little feminism, family dynamics, southern life, a lot of racism - into a terrific novel set in eastern Texas during the WWII years.
Rebecca C Minick
The WAter and the blood

interesting but hard to keep reading at times. It seemed to drag at times. Than it would catch my interest.
Nov 12, 2016 Sshelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. I will say, I had moments that made me uncomfortable.... A good story.
Oct 04, 2016 Mich rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book. Stuck w me.
Oct 01, 2016 Shelley rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A disappointing offering from Nancy Turner which is still better than many other similar books I've read. I struggled to connect with the characters and the story felt choppy and disconnected sometimes. The story didn't feel particularly innovative, except for the connection to Gordon's story as a Code Talker.
Sep 26, 2016 Viki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
During the WWII era, an East Texas girl deals with an abusive home life and realizes the impact of racism.
Kelly Frank
Sep 25, 2016 Kelly Frank rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not what I thought it would be

I want to know the rest of this story.. I enjoyed this book but makes me sad that racism still exists today.
Polly Porter
Sep 21, 2016 Polly Porter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Slow start,but very good!!

This story truthfully reflects the racial attitudes of the WW2 era, and sadly, easy too much of what's going on still today.
It kept me engaged, and that's why we read!!!
Sep 08, 2010 Melinda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It felt disjointed and therefore wandered all over the place. Perhaps some other time.
Jul 31, 2011 Janice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this one sentence, "This is the first time I heard
Mrs. Jasper dole out 'Rock of Ages' like it was heavy chocolate cake". I would have loved to have been there. :)

I just finished the book and I really couldn't put it down for the last half of the book. I don't rate many books 5 stars anymore because I usually love all of the books that I have read but this one is different. And the theme is adequately described at the end as "Dangerous Fools". May none of us qualify to be called dangerou
Bonnie M. Russell
An impossible love story

As a family claws its way out of The Great Depression in segregated small town Texas, Frosty, the middle child of three sisters, dreams of a life beyond that which is expected of her. When America enters WW II, she seizes her chance to move, alone, to California to work in a defense plant.There she makes friends and falls in love. Although she is determined never to return to her small minded town and resentment-filled family, her fiance is deployed to the Pacific, so she
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