Blue Water

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Blue Water tells the story of Meg Van Dorn and her husband, Rex, a couple whose six year old son is killed by a drunk driver. Here in Fox Harbor, Wisconsin-a town in which everyone knows everybody else-it is no surprise that Meg and the driver, Cindy Ann Kreisler, were once the best of friends. Now, as Meg recovers from her injuries, she and Rex find themselves paralyzed by their anger and despair, especially after Cindy Ann returns, with a mere slap on the wrist, to the life she lived before the accident: living in a beautiful house, enjoying her own three children, all of whom walked away unharmed.

Mornings, we woke with an ache in our throats, a sourness in our stomachs, that had nothing to do with Evan. The truth was that, with each passing month, he was harder to remember, harder to see. I felt as if I were grasping at the color of water, the color of the wind or the sky. And this only made me angrier. My mind returned, again and again, to Cindy Ann, to what she’d done. When I passed Evan’s room, the closed door like a fist, I thought about how Cindy Ann had destroyed us. When I saw other people’s children, I promised myself that someday, Cindy Ann would pay.

In their rage and grief, Meg and Rex buy a boat to sail around the world, hoping to get as far away from Cindy Ann Kreisler as possible. But they soon discover it’s impossible to run from a past more complex than, at first, it seems, a past which haunts Cindy Ann as well, and in ways only Meg suspects. Adrift in the company of other live-board cruisers-each of whom has left his or her own secrets and sorrows on shore-Meg finds herself drawn back to Fox Harbor to confront a choice she never thought possible: forgiveness.

8 comments

  1. u r a very good author!!!! I love Blue Water I hope to read more of ur books one day! who knows maybe next year i will do another one of ur books. I really apriciete ur desire to write i love to write to my language teacher says i have a talent for writing maybe if u get this u can email me at the above address so tht i can ask u some questions i had about the book. Your daughter is very cute also.
    sincerely,
    kaylee

  2. Hi Kaylee,
    The cute daughter is one of the reasons I have taken so long to respond. If you are in high school–“book report” is making me guess–there is a really good writers conference called the Sewanee Younger Writers Conference. Google it–it’s an amazing opportunity for developing young writers, hosted by the University of the South in Sewanee, TN. I hope you are continuing to write (and to read.)
    Best, Manette

  3. Well, I just finished this book too! It was wonderful, in so many sorrowful ways. But I have a question to ask. My neighbor’s son was murdured in their home (circa 2001 — stupid, over a bag of pot) in which they still live in and we live a few doors down. We do not live in a bad neighborhood in Madison, WI. Should I give her this book to read? We have shared books in the past, but nothing of the nature of losing a child. We have spoken about her loss and forgiveness and she has visited the killers in jail from what she has told me. They like boating – and they know I do, having sailed and lived in Cali for 14 years. I think she’d like this book, but I’m not sure how I would present this as a “different” book for her. We are not that close, they are a bit reclusive for understood reasons, but I am still trying to reach out to them. Any thoughts?

  4. I love books about sailing! Even if they are somewhat sad…. What should I read next? You know, I love the cove in Catalina where everyone shares books. Have you been there? That place could make some good stories, as in Wrigley and the sailing and Natalie Wood, I could go on, but won’t.

  5. Thank you for a complex and thoughtful book! What is the significance of Leon, Bernadette, and Eli’s leaving? I realize that the family led Meg to a path of forgiveness, but what is the reader to think happened to Leon? I’m assuming he passed away, but why no trace of the family, and the disgraced doctor, in Miami?

  6. Blue Water is my first introduction to your writing. I picked up the book in Washburn for a five day camping trip on Stockton Island. Blue Water is nearly the story of my life. My first son was killed in in a Daycare accident, there was a police investigation and wrongful death lawsuit. It has been 26 years and I thought I was totally complete with my grief and the forgiveness to the daycare provider. My marriage also ended in divorce. Blue Water was an affirmation of faith, love and hope. The pain of grief is small in comparison to the love I have in my heart for the gentle spirit of my son. I feel blessed to have known him and carry his love with me forever.
    I love the water, sailing(a sailfish) and canoeing in the BWCA. This was my first trip to Stockton Island and I could not have been in a better location to read your book. Your beautiful book and your life story is an inspiration to me and I look forward to reading the rest of your books.
    I am also a faculty member at Central Lakes College in Brainerd, MN. I teach health courses and my favorite class is Women’s Health. I plan to offer extra credit to my students to read one of your books and write a book review. I really appreciate your author’s comments and the discussion questions as well. I feel blessed to have discovered you and how interesting that my first read of yours was Blue Water. Thank you.

  7. I just finished reading chapter 13 this morning. It is difficult in someways to say goodbye to these people whose lives were poured out onto the pages of your book in such an honest protrayal.It caused me to look deep down within myself and question my own struggle with friendships that ended, betrayal, tragedy and the compassion that can rise up and in the end ‘see us through to the other side’. Forgiveness unlocks the door if we dare to turn the key. 3 cheers to Meg who chose to LIVE!

    I am 55 yrs. old living in a small town in northern Ontario. My goal this year is to read 12 novels. Yours was #3. Thank you for the thought provoking read. My favorite part of your book was the intricate dance of conversation that swirled between husband and wife. You nailed it.

    Warm regards,
    Brenda

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