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This is an auction for THE FORMS OF WATER, by Andrea Barrett.

"After spending his productive years in a monastery near his childhood home, 80-year-old Brendan Auberon is now confined to a wheelchair and a nursing home, where his family pay him occasional obligatory visits. When Brendan convinces his nephew Henry to help him return to the home of his youth, now covered by a reservoir supplying water to the city of Boston, Brendan steals the nursing home van for the adventure. Barrett combines family dissension and adventure with healthy doses of faith and optimism. The result is a satisfying analysis of family dysfunction in the spirit of Sue Miller."
- Library Journal review:

"This is an engrossing book, a tale of a dysfunctional family, a dying patriarch, a lost home, all blended into a journey toward resolution, understanding and forgiveness. The magic of the old homeland acts like a siren call to draw the estranged members of the family back together, and a battle of will ensues where trickery, cunning and honesty all have their part to play. Barrett's compassionate eye shows us humanity in its many guises,with its imperfections as important to character as the more positive aspects. At the still centre of the various literal and personal journeys in the book is Brendan, on his own final quest, and the story of his 'springing' from residential care, and the part he plays in the final resolution of 'who obtains what'. An uplifting, thoroughly gripping tale, with a fine cast of colourful characters jockeying for position."

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Paperback 2002.

292 pages.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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