Life Without Water: A Novel

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Longstreet Press, 1996 - Vietnam War, 1961-1975 - 182 pages
13 Reviews
Lyrical, bittersweet, and utterly unforgettable, "Life Without Water" captures an era and an experience. Nancy Peacock gives us the unvarnished memories of a gift named Cedar, who reflects on the childhood she spent amid the cultural uncertainty of the late '60s and early '70s.

Cedar's story is set in a ramshackle farmhouse in North Carolina, a household shared -- in the fashion of the times -- by two adult couples and their three children. It is the story of a girl and her mother, Sara, and young Cedar's unflagging and largely unsuccessful efforts to help Sara repair the emotional damage done by the death of her beloved brother in Vietnam. In the process, they explore the intense bond -- and discover the boundaries -- of their mother-daughter relationship, and reach out toward a feeling of belonging that seems elusive to them both.

Though set with rich detail in this particular time and place, "Life Without Water" is a timeless story of love and loss and recovery, of necessary compromise, and of that treasure house called memory.

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User Review  - Dusti - Goodreads

Peacock's writing style was engaging but I felt the characters were kind of tired. To be fair, I knew it was a book about hippies when I checked it out, so I should have known what to expect. What I liked least was the tidy ending. What I liked most was Cedar's voice. Read full review

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User Review  - Colleen Mertens - Goodreads

This was a well written young adult novel. It made the unconventional, wonderful. The narrator made you want to live her life. The novel told of growing up during the Vietnam War era and one family's ... Read full review


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Nancy Peacock lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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