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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; 1st Scribner Paperback Fiction Ed edition (8 April 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684826127
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684826127
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 592,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I was charmed by the mixture of country lore and planning boards, New Age witches and old-fashioned family duties, and I was glad that I read on to the novel's appealing conclusion, drenched as it is with abiding devotion and love. For anyone interested in the way we live with the land, on the land today, this novel makes for a thoughtul evening or two of entertaining reading." --Alan Cheuse, All Things Considered --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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CHRIS BOHJALIAN is author of the bestselling novel Midwives, as well as Trans-sister Radio. The Law of Similars, Past the Bleachers, Hangman, and A Killing in the Real World, in addition to numerous articles and reviews in publications such as the New York Times, Boston Globe, Reader's Digest, and Vermont Life. Past the Bleachers was filmed as a television movie by Hallmark. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Jun 1999
Format: Paperback
After reading The Law of Similars and finding it reasonably enjoyable for light summertime reading, I ventured so far as to try Water Witches. Despite my usual voracious appetite for a pleasant read, getting through this novel was like taking medicine. I found Bohjalian's treatment of the conflict between environmentalists and developers shallow, and his characters even moreso. The only characters I find believable in these two novels are the little girls, who are brighter in many ways than their lawyer fathers. I don't recommend starting this one if you feel obligated to finish what you start as I do.
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By A Customer on 5 Dec 1997
Format: Paperback
Thought I'd like this book, since I know Vermont, have lived through a similar mountain vs. ski resort conflict in New England and am fascinated by dowsing. BUT - the characters are not well developed; they are unconvincing. Hence, the plot doesnt' work. It's essential to the plot that we believe in the conversion of the main character from "cynical lawyer" to environmentalist. This conversion is not believeable. In addition, the writing itself is wooden: heavy-handed metaphor, cliche. The sex scenes, especially the second one, seem irrelevant to the story, too. Not a great book.
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By A Customer on 16 Aug 1997
Format: Paperback
A perfect picture of rural Vermont and the battlelines drawn between the ski industry/developers and environmentalists.
Bohjalian tells it like is with characters we wish we could sit across the kitchen table with. This book MOVED me and, ironically, I could see and feel both sides of the development issue which we face here in Vermont daily.

I didn't want this book to end...even though I stayed up till 2:30 a.m. to finish it. The final chapter gave me goosebumps and I felt sad and happy at the same time.

Don't miss this one!
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