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Water Witches
Water Witches
Author: Chris Bohjalian
Set in the Vermont countryside, Water Witches is a tale of the clash between progress and tradition, science and magic. In the midst of a nightmarish New England drought, cynical ski industry lobbyist Scottie Winston is trying to get a large ski resort the permits it needs to tap already beleaguered rivers for snow. His wife, his little girl, an...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780684826127
ISBN-10: 0684826127
Publication Date: 4/8/1997
Pages: 352
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

3.6 stars, based on 150 ratings
Publisher: Touchstone
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 19
This book was so wonderful! The concept of a bigtime corporate lawyer who turns on his client in order to save local endangered wildlife is probably ludicrous, but it makes for a moving and life-affirming story that will have you cheering on the main character and his family. Despite the title, which refers to the fact that the main character has married into a family of dowsers, the dowsers are really the sub-plot and the main focus of the story is one man's decision between his high paid job and his personal beliefs and love of his family.
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Helpful Score: 17
This book is full of strong women who live their lives true to themselves, not what society 'expects' of them: two sisters and one daughter who are dowers, able to find water. The battle between greed and development vs. the environment is age old. The author shows a compromise can be reached. And he shows that a father's love for his daughter (and her mother) is worth more than his high-paying job as lawyer to the developer. Well written, believable story.
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Helpful Score: 14
Another interesting story from this author. Moves slowly, but very absorbing and deeply felt.
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Helpful Score: 5
fascinating. great mix of country lore, new age witches. philosophical but a great read
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Helpful Score: 4
From the NPR review: "I was charmed by the mixture of country lore and planning boards, new age witches and old fashioned family duties. For anyone interested in the way we live with the land, on the land, today, this novel makes for a thoughtful evening or two of entertaining reading." And from the Washington Post, "Anyone whose family is divided between conservatives and liberals will squirm with recognition..."
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artsncrafts avatar reviewed Water Witches on + 52 more book reviews
I have read several of Bohjalian's books, but liked this one best of all. Being a Vermonter is a big factor in my good review - so is Bohjalian, and this book is set in Montpelier VT. It's really a rather sweet story about how a father's love for his little daughter completely transforms him from being a hard-boiled lawyer who represents unpopular clients in the state's capital city. The transformation unfolds alongside the theme of traditional dowsing (water witching, with loads of detail about that phenomena. A good read.
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Really loved this book. Fabulous!