At the Water's Edge: A Novel by Sara Gruen

By Sara Gruen

In this exciting new novel from the writer of Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen back demonstrates her expertise for growing spellbinding interval items. on the Water’s side is a gripping and poignant love tale a couple of privileged younger woman’s awakening as she studies the devastation of global conflict II in a tiny village within the Scottish Highlands.

After disgracing themselves at a excessive society New Year’s Eve social gathering in Philadelphia in 1944, Madeline Hyde and her husband, Ellis, are bring to a halt financially by way of his father, a former military colonel who's already ashamed of his son’s lack of ability to serve within the struggle. whilst Ellis and his ally, Hank, make a decision that the one approach to regain the Colonel’s want is to prevail the place the Colonel very publicly failed—by weeding out the well-known Loch Ness monster—Maddie reluctantly follows them around the Atlantic, leaving her sheltered global behind.

The trio locate themselves in a distant village within the Scottish Highlands, the place the locals don't have anything yet contempt for the privileged interlopers. Maddie is left on her personal on the remoted hotel, the place nutrients is rationed, gas is scarce, and a knock from the postman can carry tragic information. but she unearths herself falling in love with the stark good looks and sophisticated magic of the Scottish nation-state. progressively she involves be aware of the villagers, and the friendships she types with younger ladies open her as much as a bigger global than she knew existed. Maddie starts off to determine that not anything is because it first appears to be like: the values she holds pricey turn out unsustainable, and monsters lurk the place they're least expected.

As she embraces a fuller experience of who she will be, Maddie turns into conscious not just of the darkish forces round her, yet of life’s attractiveness and spectacular chances.

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About these newcomers there could be no doubt, and black dread settled on his heart. For these were Fireheads. One of the newcomers turned and looked directly toward him. This one was shorter than the others, with a broad, plump belly that glistened with grease. He sniffed loudly, his small, straight nose twitching. He was, thought Longtusk, like a fat, overgrown lemming, walking comically upright on two hind legs. He knows I'm here, Longtusk thought, hidden as I am among these trees. Or he suspects so, anyhow.

At first he produced scraps of meat, dried and salted. The stench was horrifying, and Longtusk shied back. After that Willow brought him dried grass. There was a lot of grass in the cave; the Dreamers scattered it over the cave floor and pulled it into rough pallets to sleep on. The grass was stale and stank of the Dreamers and their fire, but it rapidly filled up his belly. After a few days he noticed the Dreamers going out, wrapped in their furs, bringing back loads of his dung. During his brief glimpses through the parted skins, Longtusk saw that they burned the dried dung in their wide, flat hearth—along with grass, wood, bone and even bat guano, scraped from great dry heaps at the back of the cave.

As the trees wash over the land, the mastodonts must follow. And now, as the Fireheads wash over the land, the mastodonts must follow again. That is what Mammut said. " "Well, I'm sorry. I was trying to make a point. " Thunder growled irritably. "The point is that the Fireheads feed us, as the trees do. They even care for us—when they choose. And we cannot be rid of them, little grazer. Any more than the land can rid itself of the trees. Accept them. " Once again, Longtusk saw blearily, the Firehead, Lemming, was before him.

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