Cool Water by Dianne WarrenCool Water by Dianne Warren

Cool Water

byDianne Warren

Paperback | November 30, 2010

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Juliet, Saskatchewan, is a blink-of-an-eye kind of town -- the welcome sign announces a population of 1,011 people -- and it’s easy to imagine that nothing happens on its hot and dusty streets. Situated on the edge of the Little Snake sand hills, Juliet and its inhabitants are caught in limbo between a century -- old promise of prosperity and whatever lies ahead.

But the heart of the town beats in the rich and overlapping stories of its people: the foundling who now owns the farm his adoptive family left him; the pregnant teenager and her mother, planning a fairytale wedding; a shy couple, well beyond middle age, struggling with the recognition of their feelings for one another; a camel named Antoinette; and the ubiquitous wind and sand that forever shift the landscape. Their stories bring the prairie desert and the town of Juliet to vivid and enduring life.

This wonderfully entertaining, witty and deeply felt novel brims with forgiveness as its flawed people stumble towards the future.

Dianne Warren is the author of three books of short fiction and three plays. Her playSerpent in the Night Skywas shortlisted for aGovernor General’s Award for Dramain 1992. Her most recent collection,A Reckless Moon, was aGlobe and MailBest Bookof 2002, and in 2004 she won theMarian Engel Awardfor a woman writer in mid-career.
Title:Cool WaterFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 1 inPublished:November 30, 2010Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1554685591

ISBN - 13:9781554685592

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Take a chance This might not seem like your literary cup of tea. You might think it's a western or a quiet character study or only appealing to hardy prairie folk. You would be right and wrong on all accounts. I know I was. Warren created something very special in this "quiet" novel and it is a testament to her incredible skill and talent as a writer. There is true craft at work in Cool Water and it deserves a wider audience. She captures the essence of small-town life while conveying a deep respect for each life she sketches. A subtle novel but very, very rewarding.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Story A beautiful portrayal of small town Canada and the connections that make our communities tick. Warren crafts a great story that weaves in and out of various characters' lives throughout. A great ending.
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exquisite This is a gem! Truly a lovely book with themes of time and the challenges faced in a small farming community. There are other themes interwoven about life, marriage, love and honesty as well as many beautiful passages of description. Very well written and wonderful characters. I really didn't want it to end. Our family history in Delia or Hanna Alberta could have been written into this narrative.
Date published: 2011-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Prairie I emigrated to the Prairies in 1988 and this was the Prairie life I remember. Small communities with people living these lives around us. I mourn the loss of these people with the rapid depopulation of the towns and villages. This book gives new immigrants a sample of simpler slower times that I look back on now with nostalga. A very great read and I have bought a copy for a relative's 80th Birthday. I heard the review for it on Sheila Rogers CBC show.
Date published: 2011-06-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Boring! Okay, try as I might, I just couldn’t get into this book at all. I found it quite boring and lacking flow, the characters were boring and not very well developed, the story moved way too slowly and I just couldn’t force myself to finish it. lieu of a review, I’ve left you with the synopsis from inside the front cover of the book. Perhaps someone else might find this novel fantastic, you just can’t please all of the people, all of the time. “JULIET, Saskatchewan. You might imagine that not much happens in this dusty oasis on the edge of the Little Snake sand hills, its inhabitants caught in the limbo between a century-old promise of prosperity and whatever lies ahead. But the hills vibrate with life, and the town’s heart beats in the rich and overlapping stories of its people: the foundling afraid to accept responsibility for the farm his adoptive parents left him; a shy couple, well beyond middle-age, struggling with the recognition of their feelings for one another; a mother of six troubled by recurrent dreams of a plane crashing in her backyard. And somewhere, lost in the sand, a camel named Antoinette. As Juliet’s characters go about the business of their daily lives, navigating the all-too-human reality of miscommunications, fumbled dreams, expected detours and even unmarked victories, they discover, too, moments of grace, compassion and beauty-moments to remind them that, despite it all, they will find their way forward. At once witty and perceptive, deeply moving and profound, Cool Water is a timeless story of the mysteries of everyday life.”
Date published: 2011-01-25

Editorial Reviews

?Warren demonstrates a finely tuned understanding of the importance of everyday life that is reminiscent of Carol Shields' abilities to transform the quotidian into something meaningful.?
- Winnipeg Free Press ()