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The Weight of Water by Anita Shreve
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Jun 04, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: mystery, historical-fiction
Read in June, 2012

This novel is really two stories in one. First there is the story of Norwegian immigrants coming to America, and secondly we have the contemporary story of a photographer going to the island where the immigrants lived to photograph and research a 100 year old murder.

A murder of two women took place over 100 years ago on the island of Smutty Nose in the Isles of Shoals. Maren Hanvent moves to this very remote, sparse island with her fisherman husband. They are followed by her sister and brother with his wife, living lives full of hardship off the coast of Maine.

One hundred years later, Jean does a photography shoot of the island traveling with her husband, Thomas, daughter and her husband's brother and girlfriend. Jean is jealous of Thomas's attention to the girlfriend, who has all Thomas's poetry memorized and recites lines back and forth with him. The characters are not very likeable, but it did not really detract from the story. There are interesting similarities in both storylines, which would make this a great novel to discuss in a book club.
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