Life Without Water: A Novel
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - mazeway - LibraryThing
A very enjoyable read. I really enjoyed Peacock's voice and her characters. She paints a cozy picture through a child's eyes. She actually made it sound kind of nice to live in a ramshackle house with no running water. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - BookAddict - LibraryThing
I felt this novel was a great attempt at recreating the feeling of the hippy era within it's limited focus. It was a trip back in time to some of my good and bad memories. The ending was a bit weak but I enjoyed the writing and loved it overall. Read full review