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In Dark Water
by Mermer Blakeslee (Goodreads Author)
In 1958, in a small town in upstate New York, the Buell family is falling apart. The unexpected death of David, their only son, alters their perception of the world and of themselves in wholly unexpected and profound ways. This is the story of Dorrie Buell, a small girl wise beyond her years, who is looking for a way to make sense of the adult world around her.Armed with t ...more
Hardcover, 292 pages
Published June 23rd 1998 by Ballantine Books
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A solid 3 or 3 and a half stars. The author has a great handle on her characters. The characters are really the book's greatest strength. They all feel fully realized and real. The depictions of mental illness have the ring of truth. The voices are solid and believable, which is impressive considering much of the book is narrated by a child. It's a pretty harrowing story. The complaint that keeps me from giving it a more ringing endorsement is the strange jumps in perspective. The first section ...more
I remember reading this sometime in junior high or high school. I know at the time it was really affecting, but really confusing, and I'm always finding myself trying to remember the title and more about the story. Hopefully I get the chance to read it again--I may have to make a point of it. I don't usually order books (I prefer using the library since I'm strapped for funds, or just happening onto things at the used books stores), but I might have to track this one down.
In Dark Water by Mermer Blakeslee. When I started reading this book I wasn't sure if I really wanted to read the whole book. At first it's about the mother and how she is handling the death of her son but then it goes into how the sister, Dorrie dealt with the loss of her brother and the loss and support of the parents and a normal family life.
Poignant, funny, profoundly sad. This is the story of an 11 year old girl whose brother dies, whose mother sinks in to madness, who runs away to strangers who care for her then the girl sinks into her own madness. In the end, the journey ends with hope for both mother and daughter. Gripping and compelling.