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Iris Greenfeder, ABD (All But Dissertation), feels the “buts” are taking over her life: all but published, all but a professor, all but married. Yet the sudden impulse to write a story about her mother, Katherine Morrissey, leads to a shot at literary success. The piece recounts an eerie Irish fairy tale her mother used to tell her at bedtime—and nestled inside it is the sad story of her death. It captures the attention of her mother’s former literary agent, who is convinced that Katherine wrote one final manuscript before her strange, untimely end in a fire thirty years ago. So Iris goes back to the remote Hotel Equinox in the Catskills, the place where she grew up, to write her mother’s biography and search for the missing manuscript—and there she unravels a haunting mystery, one that holds more secrets than she ever expected. . . .

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"An atmospheric thriller, but a smart one with a racing story line." New York magazine

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"Gothic mystery...Seduction enchants with its fairy-tale motif and sensuous atmospherics." People (Page-turner of the week)

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"Truly a seductive reading experience...Grabs the reader on the first page and holds on for the entire journey. " The Denver Post

Review:

"Like the best mysteries, The Seduction of Water offers puzzles and twists galore but still tells a human story." The Boston Globe

Review:

"[A] taut thriller...Another homerun for Carol Goodman" Burlington Free Press

Review:

"The reader steps into the story almost as one would step into a conversation with a good friend." The Denver Post

Review:

"Gripping...Entrancing...A completely involving mystery cleverly tied in with several fairy tales." Booklist

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"Very intriguing and satisfying." Charleston Post & Courier

Review:

"Alluring...[An] atmospheric page-turner...Combining dark fairy tale themes with a modern tale of suspense, Goodman succeeds in crafting another captivating mystery." Pages magazine

Review:

"With this exciting second book...Goodman establishes herself as a writer to watch in the field of literary thrillers." Library Journal(starred review)

Review:

"Mystery, folklore, a thoroughly modern romance, a strong sense of place, and a winning combination of erudition and accessibility make this second novel a treat." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Goodman successfully plays along with the fairy-take formula but translates it so successfully that the world she creates — and the people who inhabit it — are entirely believable." Book Street USA

Synopsis:

On the heels of her mesmerizing bestseller The Lake of Dead Languages, Goodman has written an absorbing, richly layered novel that skillfully weaves dark fairy tale themes into a modern web of intrigue.

About the Author

Carol Goodman is the author of The Lake of Dead Languages. Her work has appeared in such journals as The Greensboro Review, Literal Latté, The Midwest Quarterly, and Other Voices. After graduation from Vassar College, where she majored in Latin, she taught Latin for several years in Austin, Texas. She then received an M.F.A. in fiction from the New School University. Goodman currently teaches writing and works as a writer-in-residence for Teachers & Writers. She lives on Long Island.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780345450913
Author:
Goodman, Carol
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Authorship
Subject:
Hotels
Subject:
Mothers and daughters
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
Women teachers
Subject:
Biographers
Subject:
Maternal deprivation.
Subject:
Catskill Mountains Region
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Suspense
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st trade pbk. ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Ballantine reader's circle
Series Volume:
no. 03-03-010
Publication Date:
20031231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8.24x5.54x.89 in. .72 lbs.

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Product details 400 pages Ballantine Books - English 9780345450913 Reviews:
"Review" by , "An atmospheric thriller, but a smart one with a racing story line."
"Review" by , "Gothic mystery...Seduction enchants with its fairy-tale motif and sensuous atmospherics."
"Review" by , "Truly a seductive reading experience...Grabs the reader on the first page and holds on for the entire journey. "
"Review" by , "Like the best mysteries, The Seduction of Water offers puzzles and twists galore but still tells a human story."
"Review" by , "[A] taut thriller...Another homerun for Carol Goodman"
"Review" by , "The reader steps into the story almost as one would step into a conversation with a good friend."
"Review" by , "Gripping...Entrancing...A completely involving mystery cleverly tied in with several fairy tales."
"Review" by , "Very intriguing and satisfying."
"Review" by , "Alluring...[An] atmospheric page-turner...Combining dark fairy tale themes with a modern tale of suspense, Goodman succeeds in crafting another captivating mystery."
"Review" by , "With this exciting second book...Goodman establishes herself as a writer to watch in the field of literary thrillers."
"Review" by , "Mystery, folklore, a thoroughly modern romance, a strong sense of place, and a winning combination of erudition and accessibility make this second novel a treat."
"Review" by , "Goodman successfully plays along with the fairy-take formula but translates it so successfully that the world she creates — and the people who inhabit it — are entirely believable."
"Synopsis" by , On the heels of her mesmerizing bestseller The Lake of Dead Languages, Goodman has written an absorbing, richly layered novel that skillfully weaves dark fairy tale themes into a modern web of intrigue.
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