Watershed

Watershed

Set in 1937 in rural Tennessee, with the construction of a monumental dam serving as background—a cinematically biblical effort to harness elemental forces and bring power to the people—Watershed delivers a gripping story of characters whose ambitions and yearnings threaten to overflow the banks of their time and place.Nathan, an engineer hiding from his past,...

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Title:Watershed
Author:Mark Barr
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Watershed Reviews

  • Mary Jo Barker

    Loved this book! The characters are so engaging and real. I was upset by Claire and rooting for Nathan! Couldn't put it down! Now, I want a sequel to find out what happens to Claire and Nathan in the future!

  • Stacey

    What a gripping, beautiful debut novel! I came to care deeply for the main characters of Claire and Nathan, and the depiction of the rural South in the 1930s was fascinating. With both beautiful language and high stakes for these characters, the book delivers on all fronts.

  • Cheryl Ahart

    Well written and interesting subject. Characters are well-developed, flawed and surprisingly sympathetic.

  • AB

    This is a fantastic book, not to be missed. Great writing, characters, & plot. Can't wait for another Barr novel.

  • Paul Womack

    A pretty good story with lots of characters to get to know, but they seemed to lack depth in terms of their being other than the variety of emotions expressed in their deeds of anger, jealousy, kindness, and love. Like life, the novel ended before it ended; that is, I will wonder whatever happened to John, Tom, Travis, Freitag, and so many others, esepcially Nathan.

  • Deborah

    CRAFT: A remarkable debut novel. The author has a gifted command of language, and his dialogues are really well crafted. His descriptions of the era put me in the time period so completely I realized I was actually visualizing some of the scenes in sepia tone, like a movie set in the depression era! The characters were also generally well developed. I could see the boarding house, and I could feel the quiet desperation of the men whose jobs hung by a thread, dependent on the whim of an autocrati

    CRAFT: A remarkable debut novel. The author has a gifted command of language, and his dialogues are really well crafted. His descriptions of the era put me in the time period so completely I realized I was actually visualizing some of the scenes in sepia tone, like a movie set in the depression era! The characters were also generally well developed. I could see the boarding house, and I could feel the quiet desperation of the men whose jobs hung by a thread, dependent on the whim of an autocratic supervisor. And every time someone had to turn a crank to start a car or had to use a lantern for light, it reminded me of the world they were living in and why the dam was being constructed.

    STORY: It isn’t a perfect book, but it was interesting enough to keep me reading. I cared about the characters. I was surprised by some of Claire’s choices at first, but I came to realize I was applying my own morality and had to accept her. Women had very few choices in her time, so she was actually quite brave, although her relationship with her children could have been more fully developed to support the ending. As for the ending, the romantic in me might have wished for something different, but I’m actually glad it wasn’t predictable. I think it left enough unsaid, though, that I could fill in my own blanks—or the author could write a sequel! But the ending was complete enough that a sequel is not required. (And let me state unequivocally that I do not like books where the endings are so incomplete that it is obvious that a sequel must follow—just so the author can sell more books!)

    I look forward to this author’s next book.

  • Bobbi

    I loved the first half of this book - couldn’t wait to finish it so I could write a rave review about the writing, the setting, the characters . . . everything. It was one of those that is so engrossing that you resent anything that takes time away from the reading of it. And then it seemed that another author took over the second half: it fell flat. I didn’t much care about the characters, and I REALLY would have liked more information on the building of the dam, how it affected those areas tha

    I loved the first half of this book - couldn’t wait to finish it so I could write a rave review about the writing, the setting, the characters . . . everything. It was one of those that is so engrossing that you resent anything that takes time away from the reading of it. And then it seemed that another author took over the second half: it fell flat. I didn’t much care about the characters, and I REALLY would have liked more information on the building of the dam, how it affected those areas that were flooded, how the local people were fundamentally and forever changed by the introduction of electricity into their lives . . . it had sooo much promise, and in my opinion, failed to deliver it.

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