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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Waiting on Wednesday: The Day the Falls Stood Still

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:


The Day the Falls Stood Still by Cathy Marie Buchanan

Publisher/Publication Date: Voice, August 25, 2009

About the book: Steeped in the intriguing history of Niagara Falls, this epic love story is as rich, spellbinding and majestic as the falls themselves.


1915. The dawn of the hydroelectric power era in Niagara Falls. Seventeen-year-old Bess Heath has led a sheltered existence as the youngest daughter of the director of the Niagara Power Company. After graduation day at her boarding school, she is impatient to return to her picturesque family home near Niagara Falls. But when she arrives, nothing is as she had left it. Her father has lost his job at the power company, her mother is reduced to taking in sewing from the society ladies she once entertained, and Isabel, her vivacious older sister, is a shadow of her former self. She has shut herself in her bedroom, barely eating-and harbouring a secret.

The night of her return, Bess meets Tom Cole by chance on a trolley platform. She finds herself inexplicably drawn to him-against her family's strong objections. He is not from their world. Rough-hewn and fearless, he lives off what the river provides and has an uncanny ability to predict the whims of the falls. His daring river rescues render him a local hero and cast him as a threat to the power companies that seek to harness the power of the falls for themselves. As their lives become more fully entwined, Bess is forced to make a painful choice between what she wants and what is best for her family and her future.

Set against the tumultuous backdrop of Niagara Falls, at a time when daredevils shot the river rapids in barrels and great industrial fortunes were made and lost as quickly as lives disappeared, The Day the Falls Stood Still is an intoxicating debut novel. (from Barnes and Noble website)

About the author: Cathy Marie Buchanan was born and raised in Niagara Falls and lives in Toronto. Her fiction has appeared in some of Canada's premier journals, including The Antigonish Review, The Dalhousie Review, Descant, and The New Quarterly. She is the recipient of grants from both the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council.


The Day the Falls Stood Still
Publisher/Publication Date: Voice, August 2009
ISBN: 9781401340971
320 pages

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What are you waiting for? Waiting on Wednesdays is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

8 comments:

Jill said...

Okay, I'm hooked! This one's going on my list...!

Gwendolyn B. said...

I'm so on the fence about this one! I'm really intrigued but I'm trying to rein myself in - there's only so much time. Maybe I'll wait to be seduced by your review!

Heather said...

I remember my father taking me to see Niagara Falls when it was 'turned off'. it was an amazing site to see people scurrying around on the rocks that were normally covered with water. Truly a once in a lifetime event.

http://www.coolquiz.com/trivia/canada/niagra.asp

That would be the 1969 occurance.

lilly said...

I really would love to read this one! I even entered the LT Early Reviewers giveaway for this month in hopes of snatching it.

bermudaonion said...

Great minds think alike - this is on my wish list too!

Jacqueline C said...

I've seen this one and thought it interesting too. Good one!

Mary said...

Sounds really good!

Dar said...

I think this book has the coolest cover and I'd love to read it.

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