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The Watery Part of the World by Michael    Parker
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Jun 05, 2011

really liked it
Read in May, 2011

Michael Parker should be applauded for his originality and creativity. His unique and beautifully written novel, The Watery Part of the World, is based upon two little known historical facts. The first, the 1813 disappearance of Theodosia Burr, the daughter of vice president Aaron Burr, while en route to New York from South Carolina via schooner; and the second the true story from 1970 of last residents , of a small barrier island off the coast of North Carolina, two elderly white women and their African American caretaker. Combining pirates and slaves, madness and devotion, the civilized and the uncivilized, The Watery Part of the World is a tale of love and its bounds. While this is not your typical beach read it resonates with a true sense of place, in this case the untamable tiny barrier island off the Carolina coast. Parker explores the larger themes of home and home’s undeniable pull, as well as our devotion to those we love, no matter how difficult and trying they may be. Unforgettable characters and beautiful prose make this an amazing read, as well as a tribute to the bonds of family and community. The Watery Part of the World is a true literary feast.
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