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Water Wings

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  65 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Darlene Oelpke is getting married, again. After a string of failed relationships, beautiful, vampish Darlene has finally chosen a second husband -- inexplicably, Reg the Shoe Store Man. Her grown-up daughters, Vivian and Hannah, are home for the occasion, and find themselves immersed in memories of their girlhood both thrilling and tragic. And as they revisit the landscape ...more
Paperback, 269 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by MacAdam/Cage Publishing (first published 2001)
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This is a story about a mother who is getting remarried after her husband dies in a tragic accident. Her adult daughters have come home to attend their mother's wedding. The daughter's relive the memories of their childhoods. The story is set in Ontario!!

From dust jacket: "Darlene Oelpke is getting married, again. After a string of failed relationships, beautiful, vampish Darlene has finally chosen a second husband - inexplicably, Reg the Shoe Store Man. Her grown-up daughters, Vivian and Hannah
one of my new games is that whenever i go into the ballard library to pick up the books i have on hold, i also make a stop at the fiction section and pick a random novel. yes, usually i do make the choice based on the cover and yes, some of them have been so bad i didn't make it past the first 10 pages. Water Wings, however, was really sweet and thoughtfully written. i definitely am partial to a good non-linear narrative. i might even try to find some of her other books, though that kinda goes a ...more
I found it intriguing and wanted to keep reading, but I can't really think of what to say about it. The device of the mother's wedding bringing the two girls back to town is weak and barely-there as a pretext for the memories, which are the real story. The characterization is very strong. It reads more as a series of vignettes than a story, which works under the circumstances.
The grown-up daughters of Darlene are going back to the town where they grew up for their mother's wedding. We learn some of secrets of their childhood, their friends and neighbours, the pathways through the bush to the river, and the strange and scary things that happened there.
This is Kristen den Hartog's first book and it is a winner.
3-1/2. A strong 4 stars until the last chapters. The author didn't know how to end it. Each thread tapered off rapidly in a separate direction; cut with rough scissors rather than tied off or sewn together.
Wacky family story. I would find myself angry with a character, then suddenly laughing. I enjoy that there are a few surprisingly dark moments.
Vivienne Strauss
Beautifully written, intriguing story, couldn't put it down.
oh no, I can't remember!
C.j. Irwin
Facinating and sad.
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I’m Kristen den Hartog, the author of And Me Among Them, published in the U.S. as The Girl Giant. My earlier novels include Water Wings, The Perpetual Ending, and Origin of Haloes. My first non-fiction book, The Occupied Garden: A Family Memoir of War-torn Holland, was written with my sister, Tracy Kasaboski, and explores the life of our father’s family during the Second World War. I’m currently a ...more
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