By Way of Water
A Mexican boy with a tragic past is befriended by a Carolina girl with a penchant for healing injured wild things through kindness and care. By Way of Water is a step back in time, a reliving of a love story in an exhilarating and complex decade of our nation’s history, the 1960’s. More
“Dibs!” is what Sissy says the first time she finds Paolo in her camera lens, and her young heart is caught by his essence of loneliness. By Way of Water is a coming of age story between a Mexican boy and a young Carolina girl who draws broken animals and people like a magnet into her circle of healing and care. Together they sail the Lockwood Folly River into the Intra Coastal Waterway and discover the joy and pain of caring too much and the significant difference between being loved and loving.
By Way of Water begins where Borrowed Things ends. However, it is not a sequel but a companion piece, each able to stand alone. At the very beginning, Paul opens Sissy’s journals, and the reader steps back in time with him to 1965. Her mother’s memories intermingle with theirs and, along with their own adventures, we relive the amazing time of Civil Rights, Vietnam, assassinations, and the Beatles.
Doris Schneider's tender story is set against the growth and tumult of our country during the 1960’s. The culture of the times as it was shaped by the young and the young as they were shaped by the times is beautifully related in this book. If you were there, read it and remember. If you were not, read it and experience, through its characters, the emotions and vigor of those brave times.
Jayne Davis Wall
author of Winter Goldfinch
In a time honored tradition of Southern women’s fiction, By Way of Water births more than young love, hope and faith. It layers teen dreams and conflict within a countercultural revolution of racism, sexual exploration and social tension. The end result is a palette of vivid color and tender remembrance set against the beautiful waterway of coastal North Carolina. A superb story from start to finish.
Angela Beach Silverthorne
author of Promises Seeded Inside, Cries of Innocence and the award winning book, Depression Cookies.
This stunning novel accurately reflects the nation's troubled emotions during the Vietnam War and the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kenney, Jr., while it beautifully describes the pathway of a love story of the highest kind. Schneider's lyrical prose and ear for dialogue provide a balanced story that will sweep readers up and carry them along on a tidal wave of action and emotion.
author of The Nora Tierney Mysteries
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