Three Views of Crystal Water: A Novel by Katherine GovierThree Views of Crystal Water: A Novel by Katherine Govier

Three Views of Crystal Water: A Novel

byKatherine Govier

Paperback | August 15, 2006

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Vera Lowinger Drew is the last of a pearling dynasty. When she is left motherless,her only refuge is in Japan with her grandfather’s young mistress, amongthe legendary ama women divers. With their age-old strength to guide her, Veracomes into her own—until World War II turns her friends into “the enemy.”Three Views of Crystal Water crosses generations and continents with a story oflove, war and the quest for the lustrous, elusive pearl.

This Perennial edition of Katherine Govier’s powerful novel is enhanced with aP.S. section featuring pearl lore, and historical and biographical detail.

KATHERINE GOVIER’s novelCreation, about John James Audubon in Labrador, was aNew York TimesNotable Book of the Year in 2003. She is the winner of Canada’s Marian Engel Award for a woman writer in mid-career and the Toronto Book Award. Katherine has been a visiting lecturer in both creative writing and magazine journalism at York Univer...
Title:Three Views of Crystal Water: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1 inPublished:August 15, 2006Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0006393845

ISBN - 13:9780006393849

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from An important story of an overlooked time Three Views of Crystal Water by Katherine Govier tells the story of Vera, a young Japanese-Canadian at a crucial crossroads in her life told against the backdrop of the days leading up to World War II. Vera's young life has been full of familial loss - first her father left their family to follow his pearl lust to Japan and the pearl trade, then her mother commits suicide and finally her grandfather dies. Left alone, Vera travels with her grandfather's widow to Japan to live among the ama divers, women who live with unprecedented freedom. Used to loss, Vera exhibits a skittishness in joining the life of her new village, is slow to trust and slowly begins to develop her own luster as she takes control of her destiny. Vera slowly learns the skills of the ama divers while gaining a sense of her own identity, defined by who she is rather than by those who have left her. Alternating between Vera's story and that of her family, we slowly gain an understanding of what has driven them in their passion for pearls. The shadowy world of Japan fighting a battle for Asian domination is the perfect foil for Vera's tale. This is a quiet, intimate novel with a shifting surface, as changeable as the pearl at the heart of the tale. The language is enthralling and Katherine Govier evokes a time and location that to many is shrouded with mystery. Three Views of Crystal Water is a window into a story overlooked by many when studying World War II. While painting a large canvas showing a nation creating history, Govier never falters in creating an intimate and profound story of one woman finding her place in the world.
Date published: 2006-01-06

Editorial Reviews

"The remarkable ama diving women of Japan find their voices in this elegant and powerful tale. Govier has recreateda time and place that has gone forever, in all its complex beauty. I couldn't stop reading this story." (Joy Kogawa)