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The Watery Part of the World by Michael    Parker
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Aug 10, 2012

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This is the story of Theodosia Burr Alston, daughter of the infamous vice-president of the United States, Aaron Burr, and her descendants on a remote barrier island in the outer banks of North Carolina. Though based on the true fact that Theodosia Burr Alston disappeared at sea as she sailed from South Carolina to New York, and then later the fact that two white woman and one black man are found to be the only remaining residents on an island off North Carolina, the story is a fictional account of what might have happened. Theodosia's ship is beset by pirates in 1813 as she is sailing to meet her father in New York. Theodosia manages to survive and escape to a remote island where she meets a hermit-like character, Whaley, and raises a family with him. Jump ahead to 1970 and descendants of Theodosia, a Miss Whaley and her sister Maggie, live alone on an island, with only the help of a black man, Woodrow. Alternating between the story of the original Whaley and Theodosia, and the more modern account of how the three residents came to be the last on the island, this is a well-written story of love, community and surviving against all odds.

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