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Michael McDowell's Blackwater, Vol 1: The Flood / The Levee / The House
Michael McDowell's Blackwater Vol 1 The Flood / The Levee / The House Author:Michael McDowell Blackwater is a sprawling Southern Gothic epic covering 50 years of the Caskey family history starting in 1919. The six novels were originally released on a monthly basis in 1983. — "The Flood" is the first installment of Michael McDowell's 6-part series which is infused with the relaxed and languorous atmosphere of the South. Part ... more »One, introduces us to 1919 Perdido, Alabama. After a tremendous flood inundates the town two men discover a woman in a flooded hotel. One of the men thinks it odd she survived four days alone in the building since the water level rose much higher than she claimed to have been. The woman is Elinor and soon becomes part of the life of the town's most prosperous family, and begins a long struggle against her new mother-in-law for dominance.
The second part of the saga is "The Levee" and continues the story of the Caskey family as the town plans a way to avoid a future flood, much to the disgust of Elinor, who has a special affinity for water.
The third installment is "The House" and continues the Caskey family story into the late 1920's and beyond as Elinor's two daughters grow up and Elinor's battle with her mother-in-law Mary-Love climaxes.« less
Although there are elements of horror just beneath the surface, this is more of a story of a dysfunctional Southern family, dominated by its matriarch who will sacrifice her own happiness to thwart those she disagrees with. The writing is typically McDowell -- meaning it's wonderful. You get swept up into the family as it evolves and changes and can sympathize with Elinor despite her, shall we say, peculiarities.