The Waters

The Waters

by Bonnie Jo Campbell
The Waters

The Waters

by Bonnie Jo Campbell

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Bonnie Jo Campbell's The Waters is as captivating for its swampy setting as it is for the herbalists that inhabit it. Vibrant and lively descriptions meld together to form the kind of world that invites you into the book, only to deepen your connection with the characters populating it. This is a rewarding read, rich with meaningful layers.

A TODAY Show #ReadWithJenna Book Club Selection • One of Oprah Daily's Most Anticipated Books of 2024 • One of the Chicago Review of Books's 12 Must-Read Books of January 2024 • Featured in Roxane Gay’s newsletter The Audacity • One of the Christian Science Monitor's Best Books of January

"If you loved Where the Crawdads Sing, you're going to love, and I'm saying love, our first read of 2024." —Jenna Bush Hager, TODAY Show

A master of rural noir returns with a fierce, mesmerizing novel about exceptional women and the soul of a small town.

On an island in the Great Massasauga Swamp—an area known as “The Waters” to the residents of nearby Whiteheart, Michigan—herbalist and eccentric Hermine “Herself” Zook has healed the local women of their ailments for generations. As stubborn as her tonics are powerful, Herself inspires reverence and fear in the people of Whiteheart, and even in her own three estranged daughters. The youngest—the beautiful, inscrutable, and lazy Rose Thorn—has left her own daughter, eleven-year-old Dorothy “Donkey” Zook, to grow up wild.

Donkey spends her days searching for truths in the lush landscape and in her math books, waiting for her wayward mother and longing for a father, unaware that family secrets, passionate love, and violent men will flood through the swamp and upend her idyllic childhood. Rage simmers below the surface of this divided community, and those on both sides of the divide have closed their doors against the enemy. The only bridge across the waters is Rose Thorn.

With a “ruthless and precise eye for the details of the physical world” (Jane Smiley, New York Times Book Review), Bonnie Jo Campbell presents an elegant antidote to the dark side of masculinity, celebrating the resilience of nature and the brutality and sweetness of rural life.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393248432
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 01/09/2024
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 4,434
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Bonnie Jo Campbell is the author of six works of fiction, including American Salvage, finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Once Upon a River, a national bestseller. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, AWP’s Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction, and a Pushcart Prize, she lives outside Kalamazoo, Michigan, with donkeys.
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