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The Seduction of Water by Carol Goodman

In The Seduction of Water, Carol Goodman (author of The Lake of Dead Languages) tells the story of Iris Greenfelder, a woman whose life seems adrift. Her father managed a hotel on the Hudson River and her mother wrote fantasy stories about strange creatures and had finished two parts of a trilogy about a land called Tirra Glynn. Her mother died in a fire when Iris was 10 and the trilogy was believed to be uncompleted. Her mother's literary agent believes a manuscript for the third book exists, and Iris goes back to manage the old hotel and search for the missing book. The novel weaves back and forth between Iris's search for her past and the fantasy stories her mother wrote about creatures trying to find their place in their world. The Boston Globe says of The Seduction of Water, "Fashioning one story from many, Goodman gives readers both an entertaining mystery and an intriguing glimpse into why we turn to stories in the first place."
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