Gathering of Waters (2020)

Gathering of Waters Bernice L. McFadden Gathering of Waters Gathering of Waters is a deeply engrossing tale narrated by the town of Money Mississippi a site both significant and infamous in our collective story as a nation Money is personified in this hauntin
  • Title: Gathering of Waters
  • Author: Bernice L. McFadden
  • ISBN: 9781617750311
  • Page: 352
  • Format: Paperback
Gathering of Waters Bernice L. McFadden Gathering of Waters is a deeply engrossing tale narrated by the town of Money, Mississippi a site both significant and infamous in our collective story as a nation Money is personified in this haunting story, which chronicles its troubled history following the arrival of the Hilson and Bryant families.Tass Hilson and Emmett Till were young and in love when Emmett was bruGathering of Waters is a deeply engrossing tale narrated by the town of Money, Mississippi a site both significant and infamous in our collective story as a nation Money is personified in this haunting story, which chronicles its troubled history following the arrival of the Hilson and Bryant families.Tass Hilson and Emmett Till were young and in love when Emmett was brutally murdered in 1955 Anxious to escape the town, Tass marries Maximillian May and relocates to Detroit.Forty years later, after the death of her husband, Tass returns to Money and fantasy takes flesh when Emmett Till s spirit is finally released from the dank, dark waters of the Tallahatchie River The two lovers are reunited, bringing the story to an enchanting and profound conclusion.Gathering of Waters mines the truth about Money, Mississippi, as well as the town s families, and threads their history over decades The bare bones realism both disturbing and riveting combined with a magical realm in which ghosts have the final say, is reminiscent of Toni Morrison s Beloved.
Gathering of Waters Bernice L. McFadden

  • [PDF] ✓ Free Read ☆ Gathering of Waters : by Bernice L. McFadden ↠
    352 Bernice L. McFadden
  • thumbnail Title: [PDF] ✓ Free Read ☆ Gathering of Waters : by Bernice L. McFadden ↠
    Posted by:Bernice L. McFadden
    Published :2019-010-17T14:28:17+00:00

One thought on “Gathering of Waters

  1. Kris

    Since I finished this book, it has haunted me.As I move through my day, images, phrases, characters, tensions, joys, and sorrows from Gathering of Waters sneak up on me when I least expect them This is probably only fitting, as McFadden presents in her novel a multi generational story, told by the town of Money, Mississippi yes, by the town , that seamlessly combines beautifully clear and elegantly simple descriptions of everyday life among black families living in Money, with incandescently bea [...]

  2. Rowena

    Dearest, you cannot bury a soul Souls are light, darkness, and air Bernice L McFadden, Gathering of WatersI love it when I read a page of a book and I instantly know I m going to love it I ve been in a sort of fiction reading slump and this book got me right out of it It s one of the most enjoyable books I ve read all year, hard to put into words how it touched me but it really did.It all starts in Money, Mississippi, with the death of a hooker, Esther, whose vindictive spirit inhabits a little [...]

  3. Read In Colour

    I worried that there would be no one to take J California Cooper s place I thought Bernice McFadden might be the one when I read Glorious After reading Gathering of Waters, I m sure of it I ve often said that reading a J California Cooper book is like sitting on the porch listening to your grandmother tell you a story Using lush words and phrases that make you long for those days, McFadden s latest will leave you breathless from start to end Once you start Gathering of Waters, you won t want to [...]

  4. Lawyer

    Gathering of Waters Bernice L McFadden s Embrace of the Seen and UnseenBernice McFadden I am Money Money, MississippiListen, if you choose to believe nothing else that transpires here, believe this your body does not have a soul your soul has a body, and souls never, ever die It is unusual that I continue to be so haunted by a novel that I take days before I attempt to review it But, I dare say, many a reader may find themselves under the same spell so artfully cast by Bernice L McFadden.Gatheri [...]

  5. Bernice McFadden

    In her new novel, Gathering of Waters, Bernice McFadden brings her own special vision to the unfortunate story of Emmett Till and his murder in Money, Mississippi This moving and magical novel, which traces the generations leading up to and away from that horrible night in 1955, drew me in immediately and swept me along through its richly imagined world I couldn t stop reading, caught up as I was in that enticing place between truth and fantasy, the here and now and the what was, the living and [...]

  6. Sarah Weathersby

    I grew up in the Jim Crow South While Petersburg, Virginia was light years away from Money, Mississippi, there were also lynchings in Virginia Black Mothers of sons in Petersburg and my mother had four sons had reason to fear for their sons Petersburg was an Army town as well as a college town with an HBCU which my four brothers attended There was enough progressive activity in Petersburg that we might have been allowed some uppityness Still there were lynchings.I was old enough to remember Emme [...]

  7. Corina

    I was thoroughly disappointing with this book I am in no way a book writer, but I am definitely an avid reader The plot summary of this book is misrepresenting I borrowed it from the library after reading the indie cover, of course it was in a display announcing Best reads in 2012 I have known about the poor teen, Emmett Till, who was murdered by white men in the 50 s, but I did not know anything about his character or his personality I thought this book would shed a light on that aspect of Emme [...]

  8. Mary Mckelvin

    After reading this book it will always stay on my mind I never read a book where the town was the narrator was phenomenal It took me threw the 1900s up until 2005 It focus on the multi generations of one family Before they even got to Emmett s Story, I was emotional drained Then when his part came up.I was crying so hard.at I had to put the book down so I could calm down The historical parts was The 1900 flood, Emmett story and Katrina It also got me thinking about my sould the soul of others wh [...]

  9. Christa

    The best way to describe this book is a haunting read, thoroughly engrossing yet a bit painful at the same time.I ve seen this book described as a fictionalized story of Emmett Till the 14 year old African American boy in 1950s Mississippi who was murdered after reportedly flirting with a white woman , but it really is a whole lot than that It traces the evil that lived in that town, Money, Mississippi, which according to the book, existed well before Emmett Till even arrived from Chicago.And i [...]

  10. Nina2VC

    I have enjoyed this author from Loving Donovan, This Bitter Earth, The Warmest December, and Sugar to her newest Gathering Of Waters.The other reviews give you the setting and characters, plot and such, but her bringing together of words in this story from the beginning Listen, if you choose to believe nothing else that transpires here, believe this your body does not have a soul your soul has a body, and souls never, ever die , to the end Whether you have embraced this tale as truth or fantasy, [...]

  11. Jennifer (JC-S)

    I am Money Money Mississippi The township of Money, Mississippi is the narrator of this story which focusses on the Hilson and Bryant families during the 20th century While two significant and dreadful events the destructive Mississippi flood of 1927 and the murder of Emmett Till in 1955 are part of this story, it s the people who dominate the story And it works because while readers as individuals may not believe in animism or in previous existence, how can we resist the voice of the town Liste [...]

  12. Beth

    Rating 3 1 2 starsGathering of Waters begins with provocative insights into the human spirit your body does not have a soul your soul has a body, and souls never, ever die and, the Native and African American s concept of animism the idea that souls inhabit all objects, living things, and even phenomena , they fly from one home to the next, as each is destroyed or dies Then, the author shares the definition of the Mississippi River the translation comes from the Chippewa meaning great river or g [...]

  13. Kyra Atterbury

    I m not sure what to think about this book In the beginning I absolutely LOVED it The first chapter and the storytelling is compelling Also, intriguing is the idea of the spirit world and that what you do comes back to either haunt or help you ten fold Ms McFadden is clearly influenced by Toni Morrison and the notions of the spirit world in this book are reminiscent of those in Beloved However, as the book progressed I feel as though we lost our way a bit While I realize that Money, Mississippi, [...]

  14. Snow

    Listen, if you choose to believe nothing else that transpires here, believe this your body does not have a soul your soul has a body, and souls never, ever die Can I give it 6 stars 20 maybe I don t say this easily but, this is the best book I ve ever read I really don t know how I could possibly sum up my feelings for this Money Mississippi may be etched in my heart forever now A million tears for the love, hate, goodness, evil, beauty and ugliness that Bernice McFadden has laid out before us i [...]

  15. Kathleen

    I picked up Gathering of Waters after seeing a very positive review on here by my friend, Kristi As usual, she was dead on this book was fantastic Narrated by the town of Money, Mississippi, this novel reminds us of the far reaching impact of hatred and racism, as well as the redemptive power of kindness and love I don t want to give anything away, as I could not turn the pages fast enough, but I will say that this is the first book ever that left me covered, head to toe, with goosebumps as I tu [...]

  16. Didi

    this book was fantastic McFadden managed magical realism, personification, symbolism, historical fiction all combined with a lyrical writing style Wish I could give it 4,5 stars I started to read and couldn t put it down It s only 252 pages and reads very quickly I was hesitant about the ending because when I read Glorious I loved the story but the ending was flat for me This ending works although I m not sure everyone will love Will be putting up an in depth review soon on my blog.

  17. Nicole

    Chapter 1 is luscious This holds the promise of beautiful storytelling And this held true through the end It was a story told across generations, through the memory of Money, Mississippi The pacing was quick and spirited It seemed to be a tale of many things, but mostly the timelessness of love and evil, embodied in spirit.

  18. Amanda

    Before I read this I didn t realize this was based on true events I wish I had because I was confused why the blurb talked about events that take place 3 4 through the book Knowing this now, I ll appreciate this book much upon rereading This was a fast read I liked McFadden s writing style, which was descriptive but not graphic, succinct but full bodied There was a lot sex in here than I expected, but it was briefly told I don t know how I feel about the possession by a spirit manifesting in t [...]

  19. Melissa Davis

    Just finished this amazing, moving book and am a puddle of hopeful tears What a heartwrenching, beautiful, difficult, truth filled story The true events woven with fantasy was just expertly done, I cannot recommend this book highly enough Bernice L McThadden is a must read author Her stories leave you beautifully changed.

  20. Karen Miller

    Money No, I m not talking about the greenbacks in your wallet I m talking about Money, Mississippi a small town in the northwestern tip of Mississippi.A small town which is holds a tragic place in the annals of Civil Rights The small town in Mississippi where 14 year old African boy named Emmett Till was brutally murdered Also the small town which is the main character for nationally best selling author Bernice McFadden s latest book Gathering of Waters.The town is the narrator in this captivati [...]

  21. Brie

    There are books that I love and there are books that I treasure When I finished the last page of Gathering of Waters, I knew that this book would be that latter It is one of those books that after I m done reading, I go back and read certain passages again and again, and then later go back and reread the whole book before mailing it to my sister and ordering another one for myself The only trouble with a book like this one is finding a way to put my love of it into words.Gathering of Waters is t [...]

  22. Andre

    The release of a new book from Bernice has become an event It s like eagerly waiting for the new music from your favorite artist, or the premiere of the latest Spike Lee joint For me, this is the rarefied air she has entered I said in a previous review, I can t understand for the life of me, why Bernice is not perennially on best sellers list I guess, it is incumbent on those of us who love her writing, love the way she turns a phrase and her very vibrant and imaginative storytelling, to sing he [...]

  23. Judy

    Both the Native man and the African believed in animism, which is the idea that souls inhabit all objects, living things, and even phenomena When objects are destroyed and bodies perish, the souls flit off in search of a new home When I read this quote in the early pages of Gathering of Waters, I was prepared to love the book That did not quite happen, though I mostly enjoyed reading it The trouble for me was an unevenness of intensity in the story, because the subject matter is intense, violent [...]

  24. OOSA

    Spirits Among the Living Welcome to Money, Mississippi, a town of secrets and spirits When people die, are their souls truly at rest In her latest novel, McFadden weaves a tale of fantasy and history as she uses her own imagination to create a background story for the Emmitt Till tragedy Gathering of Waters begins with an introduction to Esther, the restless soul of a dead prostitute who will influence many lives in decades to follow Esther inhabits the body of Doll, a preacher s wife who is any [...]

  25. Gayle

    I ve finished my first reading, taken in huge bites Soon I will go back todine on it, savoring it bit by bitTHERING OF WATERS is told by the town of Money, Mississippi I think this is first time I ve read a story told by a place Though it s not a large book 252 pages , this moving tale covers decades of interesting characters that make up the Hilson and Bryant families.If Money sounds familiar to you, it s probably because of it s infamous ties to history It was in Money that young Emmett Till, [...]

  26. Tami Winbush

    I ve done a review before on a book of Ms McFadden titled Glorious The author wowed me with this book, and has done the same with Gathering of Waters As you can tell from the description above, the book sounds WONDERFUL But the book is so much The book is raw with emotion, life, and experience Not only do you feel for the characters, you are transformed into the characters and experience everything that they do I have said this on Twitter in regards to this book Finished this book today t OIgaT [...]

  27. Chris Horne

    I m 24 chapters into Bernice McFadden s Gathering of Waters, and I m enthralled It s a book I d recommend to anyone that likes a good story and one I d insist fans of good literary fiction pick up The book blurbs make this seems like it is almost entirely about the murder of Emmett Till, the young black man who came South from Chicago to stay with family in 1955, but there s so much to it The way McFadden traces generations of families leading into that summer in 1955 gives the story so much d [...]

  28. Sarah

    I d rate Gathering of Waters like 3.5 stars I see why so many people loved this book It was a quick and enjoyable read but as soon as I started to fall in love with the story, McFadden would add some distracting detail While I understand that this is a work of Historical Fiction, I don t understand the direction McFadden went with the Emmett Till story She could have stuck closely to the facts without taking away from her story Also, the Hurricane Katrina tie in and the entire ending, honestly [...]

  29. Lady

    Gathering of Waters, held my attention from the moment I began until I finished This was my first book by Ms McFadden and I was quite pleased Ms McFadden s storytelling was raw and honest, which kept me thinking about the events of August 1955 in Money, MS Choosing to tell the story from the city of Money s point of view, the story takes on a new life.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *