At the Water’s Edge: A Novel

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In At the Water’s Edge, Sara Gruen returns to the historical fiction genre and introduces readers to socialite Maddie Hyde and her husband, Ellis. Set during World War II, the privileged couple find themselves abruptly cut off when their New Year’s Eve shenanigans shame the Hyde family. When Ellis and his best friend cook up a scheme to leave for a remote village in Scotland, Maddie is not in the least impressed. But, she dutifully follows the two men into the heart of the conflict and discovers life in the real world, even though it is falling down around her.

Sara Gruen captivated readers with her best-selling novel, Water for Elephants. At the Water’s Edge is slow to start, but Gruen’s straight-forward and descriptive prose keeps the reader engaged. Gruen also has the talent of creating fascinating characters. While Maddie is a wealthy socialite, she is human to the core. Her effervescent personality lights up the dark world closing in all around her and makes her an intriguing narrator. Historical fiction enthusiasts, as well as general fiction readers will find much to enjoy in At the Water’s Edge.


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Author Sara Gruen
Star Count 4/5
Format Hard
Page Count 368 pages
Publisher Spiegel & Grau
Publish Date 2015-Mar-31
ISBN 9780385523233
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Issue April 2015
Category Historical Fiction
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