Cool Water

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HarperCollins Canada, Jun 22, 2010 - Fiction - 320 pages
4 Reviews

Winner of the Governor General's Literary Award

Juliet, Saskatchewan, is a blink-of-an-eye kind of town -- the welcome sign announces a population of 1,011 people -- and itís easy to imagine that nothing happens on its hot and dusty streets. Situated on the edge of the Little Snake sand hills, Juliet and its inhabitants are caught in limbo between a century -- old promise of prosperity and whatever lies ahead.

But the heart of the town beats in the rich and overlapping stories of its people: the foundling who now owns the farm his adoptive family left him; the pregnant teenager and her mother, planning a fairytale wedding; a shy couple, well beyond middle age, struggling with the recognition of their feelings for one another; a camel named Antoinette; and the ubiquitous wind and sand that forever shift the landscape. Their stories bring the prairie desert and the town of Juliet to vivid and enduring life.

This wonderfully entertaining, witty and deeply felt novel brims with forgiveness as its flawed people stumble towards the future.

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User Review  - Ngu Lorna - Goodreads

This could be a five but I rarely give fives. I loved this book. Well written, believable characters, local references all made sense. Read this book everyone. Read full review

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User Review  - Ruth Seeley - Goodreads

Masterful storytelling here. The town of Juliet, SK, comes alive over the course of 24 hours. Warren manages to introduce and flesh out dozens of characters without it seeming strained at all. She's also very funny - and yet the humour is never laboured, but seemingly effortless. Read full review

About the author (2010)

Dianne Warren is the author of three books of short fiction and three plays. Her play Serpent in the Night Sky was shortlisted for a Governor Generalís Award for Drama in 1992. Her most recent collection, A Reckless Moon, was a Globe and Mail Best Book of 2002, and in 2004 she won the Marian Engel Award for a woman writer in mid-career.

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