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The Watery Part of the World by Michael    Parker
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Jun 22, 2011

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I received this book through a goodreads giveaway. Based on the true story of the disappearance of the schooner bringing Theodosia Burr Alston, the daughter of Aaron Burr from South Carolina to New York and interweaves the story of the last three living inhabitants of the island. The two Whaley sisters are the direct descendants of Theodosia Burr. Neither one has been able to leave the island for any length of time. Woodrow Thornton is the descendant of a black man bought by Theo's "husband" before he left the island. Their two families have been connected for over 150 years. Woodrow married and left the island for short spans but he always returned. Theodosia learned to live on this bleak, wind-swept, stormy, mosquito infested island. Her descendants never went anywhere else. Woodrow's family left and came back and his children left altogether. The island never let them go. This is a lyrically written book. Michael Parker uses the cadence and the vocabulary of the region. I sometimes had to reread a sentence in order to get the phrasing right.

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