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Still Waters [Paperback]

Jennifer Lauck
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6 Feb 2003
Separated from her brother Bryan, and passed from caretaker to caretaker, Jenny discovers - as she rebels her way through high school and into adulthood - that the past can never be truly locked away forever. She survived the stunning traumas of a lost childhood, but survival may not be a way of life. Now the secrets, lies and loneliness that once imprisoned her are brought into sharp focus, where an adult Jenny can make her peace at last. But one more mystery demands her attention: the quiet troubled soul of Bryan, who, lacking the inner strength of the survivor, chooses a sad and sorrowful destiny. And Jenny must dig deep to find the one bond that held them through the years, and the one reason any of us have for enduring: love.

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus; New edition edition (6 Feb 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0349115133
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349115139
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Lauck's search for truth and love in this book is as compulsively rendered as ever' Tim Lott, S.TIMES. 'An uplifting, beautifully written book, full of an energy and life that will inspire others to survive and flourish' SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY. 'Well written, easy to follow and devoid of any mawkishness' SUNDAY INDEPENDENT. 'Honest and candid . engaging, involving and utterly sympathetic . as entertaining as it is touching' S. EXPRESS

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Jennifer Lauck lives with her husband and son in Portland, Oregon, where she is a full-time writer.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars story of triumph over adversity. 2 May 2002
By A Customer
This is the second biography continuing the story of the writer's triumph over extreme adversity. It is beautifully written. I read both the first and second book with a lump in my chest. It is impossible not to love the child Jenny Lauck was and admire the woman she became. Passed from one home to another after the death of her parents, Jenny grew up feeling unloved, unworthy and craving for love but somehow the experience didn't damage her in the long term. It must have been a long lonely journey into understanding all that had happed to her, but she made it and I wish her every happiness in the future together with her husband and son. Maybe there is a God after all. I urge all to read it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Waters 18 Jan 2004
I really loved this book as it carried on from "Blackbird". I couldn't put it down, as I wanted to discover what was going to happen next. It is the best book I have read in a long time and I commend Jennifer Lauck for sharing her story with us. It shows true courage and determination on her part.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A definite read.... 18 Sep 2002
By A Customer
The follow on from 'Blackbird', continuing the courageous journey through the writers' adolescence and into womanhood.
You cannot help but admire this woman. From the death of her parents to being seperated from her brother. Being passed around her family memebers, who felt obliged to take her in, Jenny grew up feeling unwanted and unloved. She craved loved, yet understandably was reluctant to accept it.
And finally, when things seemed to be going well, the death of her brother Bryan changed her life again, and led us on the 16 year battle to find the reasons why, so she could finally let go.
A lonely, heart-rendering tale, told so truthfully.
A courageous woman who has coped with more in her lifetime than I care to think of.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Prepare to lose several days of your life 27 Dec 2001
By A Customer
This book is extremely poor value for money. Buy it, start reading, and in a couple of days you will have used it up. I recommend instead 'Ulysses', which I started in 1975 and still haven't finished: at the cover price of one-third what "Still Waters' costs, that's what I call a good deal.
If, however, you're feeling flush and - equally vitally - are comfortable with neglecting your family, eating out of tins and spurning the myriad delights of television, then this is the book for you. It follows on from 'Blackbird', which told the story of the writer's childhood; but it is not necessary to have read the earlier volume in order to understand and enjoy this book (although you won't rest until you have acquired a copy - there go the rest of the week's meals).
Jennifer Lauck's first twelve years were a sorry saga of tragedy, neglect and abuse. 'Still Waters' takes up from the point where, both parents dead and rejected by her stepmother, she travels to Nevada to live with her grandparents, finding in their mobile home with its plastic plants, squeaky fake log fire and fold-out bed the kind of comforting security she has missed for years. Before long, however, she is sent to live with her aunt annd uncle, who continue the cycle of abuse that she seems locked into. He is harsh and dictatorial; she is moody and resentful: between them they blight Jennifer's adolescence, stealing her Welfare money, using her as a household skivvy and smothering her self-esteem.
Jennifer buttons down her resentment and ploughs through these years of enforced dependence, proud of being a survivor; but when she is finally able to escape to college and her own apartment, she cannot then bring herself to trust and love others.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read 22 Jun 2011
recommended book, 1 of 2 books and you need to read both to get the whole story, could not put book down. only took a couple of days to arrive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still Waters Deep Emotions. 20 Feb 2010
A Masterpiece, The best written and most deeply moving true story I have ever read. I challenge anyone to be able to read through the roller coaster of heart breaking emotions in this book without tears and without feeling the hurt, pain and despair of the author as you live through every moment with her but most of all experiencing her courage and determination to emerge the victor. You will not be able to put it down or resist reading the sequel 'Show me the Way' to find out how the author's life progressed and how she is doing now. A story worth telling in film so those that don't know what is going on in the real world will know and those who do won't feel so much alone....

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jennifer Lauck Still Waters 19 Oct 2003
By A Customer
Best read in a long time, very moving story. A must read book!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best reads for a long time 15 Jun 2003
By A Customer
My friend had lent me the first book 'blackbird' and I was so endorsed in Jenny's story I went on to read the second novel. Jennifer's way of writing her novels is spectacular and this novel is brilliant. The story of her sad but strong childhood carries on in this fantastic novel. I enjoyed this book that I read it in one day! I couldn't put it down. I don't want to ruin the story line for you but you have to buy this book, just for it's pure beauty!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed this books as I had just finished the previous ...
Really enjoyed this books as I had just finished the previous book of Jennifer Lauck. .What an incredible person she must be. Read more
Published 3 hours ago by Sylvia
5.0 out of 5 stars If you read the prequal to this book, you must read this
This sequel to Lauck's 'Blackbird' book about her childhood is a fitting follow on - you won't be able to put it down.
Published 2 months ago by JuneFirth
5.0 out of 5 stars Good follow up to "Blackbird".
I read "Blackbird" by Jennifer Lauck,her memoirs of her childhood and enjoyed it so much that I had to purchase "Still Waters" the sequel,which is also well... Read more
Published 10 months ago by janeAnn
5.0 out of 5 stars Good storyline
Love this book for its storyline and as a sequel to the book I previously read that I was so engrossed!
Published 15 months ago by Mrs. H. A. Owen
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
The book arrived fairly quickly.
The story was very good, I wanted it as it was the follow on to the book I had just finished reading. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Shaz
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Waters
I am afraid that I have not read this book but I can tell you that my wife read the predecessor to this book in a couple of days and was so sad to find that the book continued on... Read more
Published on 25 May 2011 by Barrington Paul Butler
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as expected
A well written book, but I found it boring. After enjoying Blackbird, I expected great things from this follow up, however I was disapointed. Read more
Published on 3 Jan 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT!
this sequel to her first book, Blackbird, is very well written with a strong insight into her life. jennifer lauck takes you straight into the eyes of herself as a child, a... Read more
Published on 30 April 2003 by Jody
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