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Living with a weird brother in a small town can be tough enough. Having a spectacular fall through the ice at a skating party and nearly drowning are grounds for embarrassment. But having a vision and narrating it to the assembled crowd solidifies your status as an outcast. What Ruby Carson saw during that fateful day was her entire town -- buildings and people -- floating underwater. Then an orange-tipped surveyor stake turns up in a farmer's field. Another is found in the cemetery. A man with surveying equipment is spotted eating lunch near Pokiok Falls. The residents of Haverton soon discover that a massive dam is being constructed and that most of their homes will be swallowed by the rising water. Suspicions mount, tempers flare, and secrets are revealed. As the town prepares for its own demise, 14-year-old Ruby Carson sees it all from a front-row seat. Set in the 1960s, The Town That Drowned evokes the awkwardness of childhood, the thrill of first love, and the importance of having a place to call home. Deftly written in a deceptively unassuming style, Nason's keen insights into human nature and the depth of human attachment to place make this novel ripple in an amber tension of light and shadow.


The Town That Drowned
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The Town That Drowned
March 26th, 2015
Having grown up in a small village in New Brunwick in the 60's, I really related to this book. I remember them buying up the land and building the Mactaquac Dam and all the problems that incurred afterward and are still ongoing today. This book was riveting for me and it gives a good insight into what life was like in rural New Brunswick during that time. If you would like to step back in time, remember what it was like to grow up during a period that was just starting to churn and change the times and the face of humanity, I highly recommend this book. The characters are wonderful and truly interesting. I could relate to both brother and sister because I often felt an outcast at the time and realize now it was just the angst of being a teenager while there is good reason for both of them to feel like outcasts and I would not say it was just teenage angst. This was written from the perspective of a young girl who is 14 when the story begins and 16 when it ends but in no way is geared towards just the teenage crowd. I loved this book and I'm looking forward to more from Riel Nason. She is well worth reading.
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Great Book!
March 19th, 2015
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Interesting, relatable, and hard to put down. Great 'Beach Book'! Definitely recommend it.
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The Town That Drowned
October 9th, 2013
Good easy read. This book shows us that changes and or loses in life are looked upon differently by different people.
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