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The Body Is Water
The Body Is Water
Author: Julie Schumacher
"Four generations of us had occupied this space, argued in it and inexplicably blighted each other's days in it, all while looking out at the ocean, crashing and advancing every year."Three months pregnant after a two-night stand, Jane Haus resigns her job teaching English to confront her ambivalence about having a baby. Drawn by an irresistible...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780380728404
ISBN-10: 0380728400
Publication Date: 4/1997
Pages: 308
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 5 ratings
Publisher: Avon Books
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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Tesstarosa avatar reviewed The Body Is Water on + 151 more book reviews
Jane Haus is three months pregnant and has decided to walk away from her teaching job in Pennsylvania and move back in with her cantankerous, widowed father in her childhood home on the Jersey shore. She doesnt know the father of her child, a man with whom she had a two-night stand, and is ambivalent about the pregnancy.

Her older, brilliant and more competent sister, Bee, learns of her decision and quits her job in Atlanta to move back home as well to help her sister, and father, as she goes through her pregnancy.

While living at her fathers home she comes to put together the puzzle of her familys eccentric history. Learning about a mother she never really knew and hoping that by learning about her mother, she will learn what she needs to know to be a mother and meet the challenge of the next phase of her life.

I enjoyed this book. Janes memories of her childhood and life on the Jersey shore are well written and really made me understand why Jane was so confused and uncertain about what she should do when she found herself pregnant. In fact, Im planning to try to find other books by this author to read.
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First novel by a very talented writer. This is a gripping story about a woman who is making some tough choices amidst personal trials, just trying to make sense out of her world and make it work. A good read.