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Water Marked

3.54 of 5 stars 3.54  ·  rating details  ·  28 ratings  ·  9 reviews
A note in the mail announcing "He's been alive. He died last week," summons Sunday Owens from Chicago to her native town. It's been five years since she's seen her sister, Delta, but more draws her to their childhood home than a desire for reconciliation with Delta; Sunday returns to claim her story and to unearth the secrets that have shaped her since her father disappear ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 4th 2001 by Scribner Book Company (first published 1999)
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Dec 21, 2007 Diane rated it 5 of 5 stars
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I loved the complexity of the relationship between these two sisters, their past and their present.

Though related by blood, as family members, we sometimes feel like we've come from different places resulting in walls being built.. Sometimes these walls seem unsurmountable with each of us standing on the opposite side feeling a need to connect but being unable or unwilling to make the first move. Over time it leads to a drifing away and connections lost.

In the book shocking news from their pas
The book I am reading is Water Marked by Helen Elaine Lee. It is a fiction book. With a central theme of Life has its mysteries even those that involve yourself.
Helen Elaine Lee in this novel explains a journey of two sisters who wanders into the story of their father, to find understanding of his difficulties and in the end finds out alot about themselves and everything that surrounds them on the way. with the main line that captured the story, "He's been alive. He died last week.", put a lot
Jennifer  Sciolino-Moore
This really gets 3.5 stars. I'll state again my dislike for the star ratings here.

Water Marked is the story of two estranged sisters who never really learned a good way to react to each other or interact successfully with the outside world. One moved away as soon as she could and the other stayed in town in the home of their grandmother who raised them. The sisters' father left before the youngest one was born and their mother died of cancer before they'd finished their formative years. Both be
(FROM JACKET)A note in the mail announcing, "He's been alive. He died last week," summons painter Sunday Owens from Chicago to her native town. It has been five years since she has been back to see her sister, Delta, who has never left Salt County, where the local river routinely overflows its banks, taking bits and pieces of people's lives when the waters recede. But more draws her to their childhood home than a desire for reconciliation with Delta; Sunday returns to claim her story and to unea ...more
Slow moving at points, but these beautifully written characters grab you!
This was tedious. And slow, boring. I had to get over a hump at page four to continue, and it wasn't entirely rewarding.

Lee feels like she is trying very hard to write beautifully and profoundly, and while she's not entirely unsuccessful, it's a bit tiring consistently.

Very relentless and sometimes painful character development and exploration. Not much happens.
Amy Russell
Two African American sisters begin to weave the story of their absent father together as they also piece together their own relationship. Reminds me of how difficult sibling relationships can be and how important. It took a while to get into this book but once I got involved, I was hooked.
May 09, 2013 Robin added it
Beautifully written language that evokes emotion. Pure poetry.
Nice read.
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