The Seduction of Water by Carol Goodman

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Iris Greenfeder, ABD (All But Dissertation), feels the “buts” are taking over her life: all but published, all but a professor, all but married. Yet the sudden impulse to write a story about her mother, Katherine Morrissey, leads to a shot at literary success. The piece recounts an eerie Irish fairy tale her mother used to tell her at bedtime—and nestled inside it is the sad story of her death. It captures the attention of her mother’s former literary agent, who is convinced that Katherine wrote one final manuscript before her strange, untimely end in a fire thirty years ago. So Iris goes back to the remote Hotel Equinox in the Catskills, the place where she grew up, to write her mother’s biography and search for the missing manuscript—and there she unravels a haunting mystery, one that holds more secrets than she ever expected. . . .

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About Carol Goodman

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Carol Goodman is the author of The Seduction of Water and The Lake of Dead Languages. Her work has appeared in such journals as The Greensboro Review, Literal Latté, The Midwest Quarterly, and Other Voices. After graduating from Vassar College, where she majored in Latin, she taught Latin for several years in Austin, Texas. She then received an M.F.A. in fiction from the New School University. Goodman currently teaches writing in New York City. She lives on Long Island.
Published January 1, 2004 by ARROW BOOKS LTD. 400 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Biographies & Memoirs, History. Fiction

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Goodman wins us back, though, with a Chinese-box climax and dénouement in which Iris risks her life, learns how her mother’s novels had fictionalized her own family history and unshared secrets—and also how she herself isn’t the woman she thinks she is.

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An aspiring writer delves into the long-buried mystery of her novelist mother's death in this silky-smooth novel by the author of The Lake of Dead Languages.

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Still haunted by the circumstances of Kay's death and eager for a change of pace, Iris accepts a proposal from Kay's former literary agent, Hedda Wolfe, to return to The Equinox to search for the third Tirra Glynn novel that Hedda believes to be hidden somewhere in the hotel.

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