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Emily Café Powell, Book Group Contributor 20 minutes Books I recommend Blackwater II: The Boardwalk by Michael McDowell, published on April 22, 2022 by Éditions Monsieur Toussaint Louverture.

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Perdido, Alabama, owes its name to one of the two rivers that dominate it; the other is called Blackwater. It is no good bathing at its confluence, and the waters have never returned the bodies of those trapped there.

Why this book?

  • Because fifteen days after the volume 1 release, this second volume is objectively even more beautiful than the previous one. It is without a doubt a beautiful object, with careful manufacture, a jewel for your library!
  • Because the strength of this story is in its charactersespecially female. Michael McDowell introduces new protagonists in this volume and gives more depth to those described in Flood. Just for the sheer joy of seeing Sister emerge and take on the tyrannical matriarch of the Caskeys, that’s a real treat!
  • Because the novel accurately and realistically describes the daily life of a small town in the southern United States in the early 1920s, after the trauma of the Great War but before the terrible economic recession of 1929. Like a snapshot taken from life!
  • Because Michael McDowell manages to bring his family saga to life and historical just the right amount of fantasy and macabre – his series of novels are reminiscent of Stephen King at his best!

The essentials in 2 minutes

the plot Blackwater follows the story of the Caskey family through several generations, since the terrible flood that devastated their town in 1919. But from this tragedy also emerged the mysterious Elinor, a kind of vengeful spirit from the waters of Blackwater, determined to integrate in Caskey. clan.

Characters. In this series, the female characters shine in particular, led by the matriarch Mary-Love, a formidable cliché of a tyrannical stepmother, and Elinor, between charisma and cruelty, who is not at all what she seems…

locations. Perdido is a small town in Alabama, in the Deep South of the United States. A place where racism remains latent, where prejudice refuses to die… a city still rooted in the past.

Time. This second novel depicts the advent of the 1920s in Lost. But the Roaring Twenties seem a long way off for reasonable small-towners!

The author. Michael McDowell is a prolific American author, best known for his soap operas.

This book was read with enthusiasm and passion… I can’t wait for the rest!

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