Friday, June 26, 2015

Water Witches - Chris Bohjalian

Picked this up at my friend's house in Memphis on the way back from the John C Campbell Folk School.  A young girl, her mother and aunt are dowsers - they find water for wells for people.  The world of the dowser in modern times in Vermont where they live is played out against a battle between environmentalist and a ski resort.  I enjoyed the writing and the folksy portrayal of small town life.  The relationship between father and daughter is central to the story and keeps the narrative moving until the central conflict is resolved.  Good read.

Quote: [grandfather on building something for his grandchild]
"I'm enough of an optimist to build the thing...but I'm not stupid enough to ever expect to use it."

Published:  1995    Read: June 2015  Genre: Fiction


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