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"My mother was never easy in the world of houses. She was a tinker, a traveler girl who had married a wealthy man. Her name was Agatha Sheehy....There are silences all around my mother's story."

So begins The Nature of Water and Air, set on a patch of Irish coast where, amid a flurry of whispers, we meet Agatha's only surviving daughter, Clodagh. Determined to secure her mother's elusive love and the truth about her, Clodagh is swept into a relationship with a handsome, isolated man. He brings her to the heart of her mother's story, where she must confront the questions "Does a truth change love?" and "What madness will come from chasing a secret?"

Powerfully sensitive, this startling debut novel about forbidden love will place Regina McBride among our most celebrated novelists.

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"What distinguishes The Nature of Water and Air...is the precision of the language and the haunting power of the narrative." Edna O'Brien

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"Evoking a raw and spirited Ireland, The Nature of Water and Air is an astoundingly rich and lyrical novel about mothers and daughters, secrets and delusions, and the salve of love." Tillie Olsen

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"McBride writes in a shimmering and often hypnotic prose style....The Nature of Water and Air casts an undeniable spell." The New York Times Book Review

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"Combining elements of a gothic novel and a folktale, this lyrical coming-of-age debut is set in a luminous Ireland....Finely wrought and deeply felt, the novel is a work of supercharged imagination, in which the presence of sea spirits, ghosts, and the dire workings of fate contribute to an atmosphere of brooding mystery." Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Regina McBride is the recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She teaches creative writing at Hunter College in New York City, where she lives.

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Krista Smith-Moroziuk, May 4, 2008 (view all comments by Krista Smith-Moroziuk)
Regina McBride has a haunting power to her writing.Unlocking memories to the past is intertwined with Irish folklore. This novel stays with you after the last page.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780743203234
Author:
McBride, Regina
Publisher:
Touchstone Books
Author:
McBride, Regina
Author:
McBride, R
Author:
egina
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Ireland
Subject:
Mothers and daughters
Subject:
Sagas
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Series Volume:
106-117
Publication Date:
May 2001
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in 12.46 oz

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Product details 320 pages Touchstone Books - English 9780743203234 Reviews:
"Review" by , "What distinguishes The Nature of Water and Air...is the precision of the language and the haunting power of the narrative."
"Review" by , "Evoking a raw and spirited Ireland, The Nature of Water and Air is an astoundingly rich and lyrical novel about mothers and daughters, secrets and delusions, and the salve of love."
"Review" by , "McBride writes in a shimmering and often hypnotic prose style....The Nature of Water and Air casts an undeniable spell."
"Review" by , "Combining elements of a gothic novel and a folktale, this lyrical coming-of-age debut is set in a luminous Ireland....Finely wrought and deeply felt, the novel is a work of supercharged imagination, in which the presence of sea spirits, ghosts, and the dire workings of fate contribute to an atmosphere of brooding mystery."
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