The bridge at Sagamore was closed when we got there that summer of 1956.
We had to cross the canal at Buzzards Bay over the only other roadway that tethered Cape Cod to the mainland. Thus twelve-year-old Lily Grainger, while safe from 'communists and the Pope', finds her family suddenly adrift. That was the summer the Andria Doria sank, pilot whales stranded, and Lily's father built a house he couldn't afford. Target practice on a nearby decommissioned Liberty Ship echoed not only the rancor in her parent's marriage, a rancor stoked by Lily's competitive uncle, but also Lily's troubles with her sister, her cousins, and especially with her mother. In her increasingly desperate efforts to salvage her parent's marriage, Lily discovers betrayals beyond her understanding as well as the small ways in which people try to rescue each other. She draws on her music lessons and her love of Cape Cod-from Sagamore and Monomoy to Nauset Spit and Wellfleet Dunes, seeking safe passage from the limited world of her salt marsh to the larger, open ocean.
“What happens when a writer plays cello in a professional orchestra for her entire career? Her prose soars. In Water Music, Marcia Peck traces one intricate, intimate melody through the symphonic complexity of a disintegrating family’s summer on Cape Cod. Music and love are interchangeable. Here is a book worthy of reading aloud—and cherishing.”
—Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew, author of Swinging on the Garden Gate
“Peck has written a moving and melodic triumph of imagination and story, a fine harmony of intimacies and passions.”
—Nicole Helget, author of The Summer of Ordinary Ways, The Turtle Catcher, Stillwater
We are doing a tour–wide giveaway of a signed copy of Water Music, along with a chocolate bar. Marcia has 5 sets to give away, US only.
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Format: Kindle ARC
No. of Pages: 244
Date of Publication: May 5, 2023
My Rating: 4 Stars
Marcia Beck grew up in New Jersey and her family would spend their summers on Cape Cod. What she does in her debut novel is to tell the story of 12-year-old Lily Granger, her sister and parents about their travels and trials to the Cape one summer. The drive alone was taxing, but the rewards for the upcoming summer were promising.
Sadly, Lily does not get along with her sister, although they are only apart one year in age. She is also disconnected from her parents. In fact, her parents are often quite at odds with these summer trips to Cape Cod and her father’s dreams on making it a perfect summer residence.
A lot happens in those two months for Lily and her family. The year is 1956 and that summer brings a lot of sadness to Lily and her family. This compelling family drama brought back to our family trips both to Readville, Massachusetts and to Maine. Like Lily’s family, our car was crowded and there was often tension, but those memories were good. In the end this telling story of secrets and heartaches was a solid read and an excellent coming of age story.
Many thanks to Sea Crow Press and AME Tours for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Growing up in New Jersey with parents who were both musicians, Marcia set out to be the best cellist she could be. She spent two years studying in Germany in the Master Class of the renowned Italian cellist, Antonio Janigro. Since then she has spent her musical career with the Minnesota Orchestra, where she met and married the handsome fourth horn player.
Marcia has always been a cat person. But she has learned to love dogs—even the naughty ones, maybe especially the naughty ones.
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