Bodies of Water

Bodies of Water

eBook - 2011
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Greenwood is a writer of subtle strength. . .finding light in the darkest of stories. -- Publishers Weekly on Two Rivers

In 1960, Billie Valentine is a young housewife living in a sleepy Massachusetts suburb, treading water in a dull marriage and caring for two adopted daughters. Summers spent with the girls at their lakeside camp in Vermont are her one escape--from her husband's demands, from days consumed by household drudgery, and from the nagging suspicion that life was supposed to hold something different.

Then a new family moves in across the street. Ted and Eva Wilson have three children and a fourth on the way, and their arrival reignites long-buried feelings in Billie. The affair that follows offers a solace Billie has never known, until her secret is revealed and both families are wrenched apart in the tragic aftermath.

Fifty years later, Ted and Eva's son, Johnny, contacts an elderly but still spry Billie, entreating her to return east to meet with him. Once there, Billie finally learns the surprising truth about what was lost, and what still remains, of those joyful, momentous summers.

In this deeply tender novel, T. Greenwood weaves deftly between the past and present to create a poignant and wonderfully moving story of friendship, the resonance of memories, and the love that keeps us afloat.

"Complex and compelling." --Eleanor Brown, New York Times bestselling author of The Weird Sisters
Publisher: Kensington Books, 2011.
ISBN: 9780758291448
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 352 p.
Additional Contributors: Axis 360 (Firm)


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Nov 18, 2017

This is a story that steadily gains momentum nearer the end, as the inevitability of the family drama takes center stage. It's an intense love story that we know cannot end well.
My only real gripe is the starkly uncompromising manner in which the two husbands are portrayed: violent, abusive, controlling, drunken and at times vicious, with almost no redeeming features. The book was on the edge of becoming a man-hating rant, which was troubling when told in the voice of a woman who, as a closet lesbian probably should never have married at all. I wanted to cheer for this sensitive, caring woman and her lover, despite the fundamental falsity of both of their marriages. It's necessary, I think to bear in mind the time-frame of the drama, the 1960s, a period when such a relationship between two women would have been so universally condemned.
Best feature of the book: The deep, consistent, complex and convincing development of Billie, the protagonist. 3 1/2 stars.

Oct 10, 2017

I really enjoyed this book, wonderfully written. I have never read anything by this author but I am definitely going to read other novels by her.

samdog123 Sep 12, 2017

Stuck in a loveless marriage in the early 60's, Billie Valentine gets a new lease on life when Eva and her family move in next door. At first, the two women support each other through their dysfunctional marriages, but this quickly turns into a deep love between the two women. I love the author's style of writing because it flows so well and the story is told with such emotion. Reading the author's notes at the end of the book, I think this was something that she had experience with in her own family. Perfection, best book I've read in a long time.

Jun 09, 2016

I really enjoyed this book. It is the first I have read by this author, but will definitely try to read them all.


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