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Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2008
|Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.44 (inches)|
Set in the South Carolina Sea Islands, Nicole Seitz's second novel follows the stories of two sisters. One is seeking to recreate her life yet again and learns to truly live from a group of Gullah nannies she meets on the island. The other thinks she's got it all together until her sister's imminent death from cancer causes her to re-examine her own life and seek the healing and rebirth her troubled sister managed to find on St. Anne's Island.
An entrancing, unsettling story of sisterhood and sea changes, healing grace and unlikely angels. A tragic, hilarious, hope-filled novel about the art of starting over.
The story is told in first person narrative by Honor and The Duchess, and there is interspersed narration by Honor's older sister, Alice, while Honor is in the Waccamaw Memorial Hospital. Minor characters include: Brett, Honor's estranged common-law husband (who has her sign away her entire estate on her deathbed), Wayne, Alice's less-than-ideal husband, and Alice's two teenaged daughters. Also, there is the mysterious nurse Sadie, who writes letters for Honor before she dies. Afterward, Alice can find no one at the hospital who knows of Sadie.
One subplot is the sexual molestation of both Alice and Honor when they are young preteens by a preacher friend of the family. He accidentally drowns on a fishing trip while with Honor, and Honor grows up believing that she actually murdered the man.
Although the novel is confusing at first as scenes and the first person narratives jump abruptly, the story settles into a wonderful examination of these women's lives in the face of this life-threatening disease. The characters are completely three-dimensional from their first appearance. A particularly interesting character is Blondie, an old Gullah nanny who speaks the native "old country" slang and tries several of her time-honored home remedies to cure Honor.
Faith in God helps both Alice and Honor face the devastating loss at the end of the story. It gets a bit long after Honor's death, as Alice leaves her husband and goes to St. Anne's Island to meet Honor's friends including the Duchess, whose real name is Anne. This is a well-written, emotionally-involved novel that all women will want to read. -- Anita Tiemeyer, Christian Book Previews.com
Author: Nicole Seitz
Located in: Mount Pleasant, SC
Submitted: October 30, 2007
Tell us a little about yourself. I'm a happily married mother of two who works from home, balances many plates in the air at once, and tries to enjoy every minute of my busy life. Blessings abound.
What was your motivation behind this project? My main motivation in writing Trouble the Water was to examine the reasons why a person who is terminally ill might keep that a secret from loved ones. This happens quite often. A person who is sick may not have insurance or may not want to burden loved ones with such devastating news. His or her motives may be pure, but what tends to happen as a result is that the survivors are often left wondering why. They wonder, what did I do wrong? Why didn't he/she feel he could tell me? I would have helped! If I'd just known I would have spent more time with her, etc. I was very close to an aunt once who did not tell us she was dying from breast cancer until the very end. I was with her in her passing, and it's something I'll never forget. My main motivation for writing this book was for personal reasons. I simply needed to get in my aunt's head and "recreate" her life in the year before her passing. Although the book is fiction, I was inspired by and actually used some of my aunt's own writing in the novel. My mother (my aunt's sister) was my reader for this manuscript, and by the end of it, there was no more anger, just a lot more understanding on our part, the survivors. Writing Trouble the Water had a tremendous healing effect on us, and it is my hope that it may have a similar effect on readers.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I think Best-selling author Susan Wiggs says it best: "Please read this heartfelt exploration of the timeless mysteries of life and death, and the healing power of true friendship. Talented author Nicole Seitz makes the reader a part of this very special sisterhood of island women whose wisdom and courage linger in the mind long after the book is closed." Susan Wiggs, best-selling author of Dockside, Summer at Willow Lake, Table for Five, and Lakeside Cottage