When You Live by a River

When You Live by a River WHEN YOU LIVE BY A RIVER Is The Fictional Story Of A Catskill Mountains Valley Community Soon To Be Flooded To Create A Reservoir For New York City The Drama Centers On A Farmer Whose Wife Dies In Childbirth And On The Farmer S Fifteen Year Old Niece Who Comes To Take Care Of The Baby In Exchange For The Promise Of College Tuition Set In 1931, And Based In Part On Actual Circumstances Involving Water Rights And Eminent Domain, This Historical Novel Of Rural Lives In Upstate New York Unfolds A Natural Love Story Set Against A Background Of Moral Conflicts And The Eroding Force Of Modernity Mermer Blakeslee S Love Of Place And Of Her Characters Brings Readers An Eloquent Testament To The Persistence And Courage Of The Heart. How does your life change when you re 15 and college bound and you find you ve inherited a child This is the event that begins Leenie s coming of age story in Mermer Blakeslee s When You Live by a River When Leenie s aunt dies in childbirth, she leaves the baby in Leenie s care, requiring her to leave home at the age of 15 and live alongside her grief stricken uncle, Digger, and care for their new born daughter Leenie must quickly learn to navigate the maze that is the grown up world as she experiences motherhood, love, and passion Blakeslee tells this beautiful story with such a tone of nostalgia, you ll wonder if you re reading a work of fiction or a memoir Her prose reads like a memory, pulling the reader in like a river s current Readers grow with Leenie as she discovers life beyond the normal teenage experiences, while still struggling to discover herself When You Live by a River is honest story telling at its best, creating an experience t
Ms Blakeslee writes beautifully and evokes the time and place in which her story is set effortlessly I had been hoping for about the drowning of towns and farms to create a reservoir for NYC There are hundreds of heartbreaking true stories to use for inspiration The synopsis I read had me thinking the project would figure prominently in the book
Mermer Blakeslee s novel about the Catskill Mountains Valley world of the 1930 s is filled with hard realities the displacing of farmers whose families have owned their river land for generations in order to flood their farms through eminent domain to build a reservoir to supply water to New York City When You Live by a River is also filled with love for these river people It celebrates their persistence and courage Blakeslee tells these pe
Women come of age in all eras , in all places city and rural inland or by a river upstate or down Blakeslee takes us to a specific place at a specific time when all her characters must re draw their lives in the wake of a reservoir construction Mermer Blakeslee sees beauty in the hardscrabble and brings her s
A good story and well told but not what I was expecting I grew up not far from where the dam was built during the time it was being built And not far from where the villages and farms that were subsequently under the water of the reservoir So, I hoped

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  • Paperback
  • 198 pages
  • When You Live by a River
  • Mermer Blakeslee
  • English
  • 16 August 2019
  • 9780984381685