The Winemaker's Daughter: A Novel

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Knopf, 2004 - Fiction - 305 pages
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From the Pulitzer Prize-winning "New York Times" journalist: a stunning first novel that takes us from the wine country of the Pacific Northwest to the vineyards of Italy.
Brunella Cartolano is passionate and high-spirited, an accomplished architect and a daughter of the American West who tends to fall in love with lost causes. While she is trying to protect the Seattle waterfront from development, she also finds her father's vineyard east of the Cascade Mountains enduring the worst drought in history. Water is the base ingredient of winemaking, and for people who believe in the transformative power of wine, water has become the new petroleum--hoarded and stolen, the target of greed and the source of treachery, even among friends. Brunella struggles to protect her father's land from a mysterious force--someone who seems to be buying up all the water and driving away the people who work the land. When a wildfire roars out of control and kills a squadron of firefighters, the question of the lack of water becomes ever more urgent for Brunella.
Her search to uncover the real cause of the tragedy will determine where, how, and with whom she will spend her life. It propels this powerful debut novel to a startling conclusion.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Debut novel by New York Times Pulitzer-winning correspondent Egan (Lasso the Wind, 1998, etc.) about a young woman's quest to uncover the cause of her brother's death.When young Angelo Cartolano moved ... Read full review

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User Review  - kewing - LibraryThing

The Northwest scenery and the many references to wine and food save this rambling, overloaded novel. There are many tangential distractions and all the loose ends are too neatly wrapped in this family saga. Read full review


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Timothy Egan is a third-generation westerner who was inspired to write this book after living in Italy for a year. The recipient of a Pulitzer Prize in 2001 for his part in a series on race in America, he has worked for the last fifteen years as a national reporter for the New York Times. He lives in Seattle with his wife, Joni Balter, and two children, Sophie and Casey.

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