Life Without Water: A Novel

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Longstreet Press, 1996 - Vietnam War, 1961-1975 - 182 pages
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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  - Kim Arnold - Goodreads

A very quick read with a few instances of brilliance, I was less than impressed with this book about relationships during the seventies. There are two examples of very real, raw human emotion, always ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kathleen Granger - Goodreads

Interesting jaunt back into the days of communes, simple living, back to the land .... Ideal optimism & the real imperfections that are part of all lifestyles! Quick read, took about three hours in one sitting. Read full review


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Nancy Peacock lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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