Rainy Lake by Mary François Rockcastle

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In this evocative, heart-grabbing novel, author Mary Rockcastle invites the reader to savor the sights, sounds, and smells of summer at her parents' lopsided lakefront cabin during the 1960s. From the landscape of her memory, Danielle Fillian paints a sensitive and wise family portrait of summers filled with fly-fishing, swimming, water-skiing, new friendships, and a deepening first love. But with the intrusion of the Vietnam War and the rumblings of the civil rights movement growing steadily nearer, this sheltered vacation community is forced to acknowledge the harsh realities of the wider world.
 

About Mary François Rockcastle

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Mary François Rockcastle is the author of Rainy Lake. She is the director of The Creative Writing Programs at Hamline University, and the founding and executive editor of Water~Stone Review. She lives in Minneapolis.
 
Published September 1, 1994 by Graywolf Press. 272 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Romance has a prefabricated feel in this novel, which offers someone for everyone except Danny's parents, who grow apart as her father's drinking intensifies.

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Set in a small lakefront community, Rockcastle's debut novel tells of a young girl's coming-of-age amidst the larger turmoil of the 1960s.

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Later, the Vietnam War and radical politics stir bitter debates, leading to a final tragedy that determines Danny's future as a writer who realizes that she can retrieve the lake summers as the ``whole world living inside'' her.

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