Juliet in August (Cool Water) (2020)

Juliet in August (Cool Water) Dianne Warren Juliet in August Cool Water With writing reminiscent of Alice Munro Carol Shields Larry McMurtry and Elizabeth Strout Juliet in August uncovers the incredible drama beneath the inhabitants of a sleepy prairie town Juliet Sa
  • Title: Juliet in August (Cool Water)
  • Author: Dianne Warren
  • ISBN: 9780399157998
  • Page: 466
  • Format: Hardcover
Juliet in August (Cool Water) Dianne Warren With writing reminiscent of Alice Munro, Carol Shields, Larry McMurtry, and Elizabeth Strout, Juliet in August uncovers the incredible drama beneath the inhabitants of a sleepy prairie town Juliet, Saskatchewan, is a blink and you miss it kind of town a dusty oasis on the edge of the Little Snake sand hills It s easy to believe that nothing of consequence takes placeWith writing reminiscent of Alice Munro, Carol Shields, Larry McMurtry, and Elizabeth Strout, Juliet in August uncovers the incredible drama beneath the inhabitants of a sleepy prairie town Juliet, Saskatchewan, is a blink and you miss it kind of town a dusty oasis on the edge of the Little Snake sand hills It s easy to believe that nothing of consequence takes place there But the hills vibrate with life, and the town s heart beats in the rich and overlapping stories of its people the rancher afraid to accept responsibility for the land his adoptive parents left him the bank manager grappling with a sudden understanding of his own inadequacy a shy couple, well beyond middle age, struggling with the recognition of their feelings for each other And somewhere, lost in the sand, a camel named Antoinette.
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  1. Diane Barnes

    This is a quiet novel taking place in a small town in Saskatchewan, Canada One night and a day, several regular people with no claim to fame, living their lives, crossing paths with neighbors who have known them for years, with strangers who don t know them at all doesn t sound like much of a story to some readers who prefer an action filled plot But if you are the type of reader who believes that what happens inside the hearts and minds of the characters is important that what happens around t [...]

  2. Cynthia

    Sand Dunes and FamiliesJuliet is a small town in Saskatchewan Canada It s a place like most others where people want the best for themselves and their loved ones, a place where the tough economy is a major concern but also where loving relationships are even important Most people are farmers or come from a farming background Animals are important to them not only for companionship but also as work helpers They re tied to the land and its weather conditions All the action takes place in a 24 hou [...]

  3. Jaylia3

    After racing through several action packed, the world is in danger, paranormal adventure quests it was a pure pleasure to read this character rich novel just right for thoughtful savoring Author Dianne Warren proves the truth of Jane Austen s writing advice to her niece that three or four families in a country village is the very thing to work on Juliet in August takes place during one extended summer day in a small Saskatchewan town surrounded by sandy desert hills Though nothing earthshaking h [...]

  4. Jill

    If you re wondering whether Juliet in August is a book for you, ask yourself one question are you a fan of character based novels in which not a whole lot happens externally In my case, the answer is a resounding yes I happen to love books that integrate a strong sense of place with authentic, sometimes quirky, sometimes poignant characters that could walk off the pages and take residence in your own area So it s no surprise that I reacted so positively to this debut book.Juliet is not a charact [...]

  5. Jeanette

    Having finished this almost a week ago, I was debating with myself between a 4 or a 5 star It is certainly 4.5 This author is new to me and I ll look for her name upon another Absolutely What kept me giving it that last.5 star My frustration that each time I got buried within an excellent character of poignant layer, I would abruptly get jerked out of it and switched immediately into one of several other interplaying story lines All in Juliet, the town All in August, the month All so different I [...]

  6. Alexander Inglis

    A day in the life of Juliet, Saskatchewan The lives of several families examined Struggles, minor succeses, a death, an epiphany Secrets kept, secrets unleashed Love requited Hopes renewed A 100 year old horse race, 100 miles in length, rerun 100 years later And thereby hangs a tail or two And a tale or three.I wondered if I read the same book the jurors of the GG prize read They wrote The place is a small Saskatchewan town, the time spans barely than a day In this exquisitely constructed novel [...]

  7. Kate

    So, I have a confession.My confession is that I don t really like literature y literature Yes, I like Tolstoy, Austen, Bronte Emily, not Charlotte , and bunch of other dead people whose work persists today But often times, I find that I don t enjoy the modern books that are noted as literary by winning prizes or critical acclaim, see most of the books I read for book club Thus, I m always happy when a prize winning, critically acclaimed book comes along that captures my attention It helps drive [...]

  8. Lori

    Spoiler Alert A little taste of home is what this book brought for me Coming from Swift Current, Saskatchewan, I remember visiting this area of the sand hills as a child I loved this book I was surprised how much I enjoyed it Each time I went to read it, it was like getting your comfiest clothes on and a hot or iced tea, depending on the season and settling in to share time with an old friend This book was beautifully written and flowed seamlessly through a single 24 hour period in Juliet, Sk sh [...]

  9. Canadian Reader

    The landscape was so vast and simple, reduced to sky and grass and sand Yet, in the surface at her feet, she saw patterns as intricate and complicated as the veins in an insect s wings This is a lovely piece of Canadian fiction, probably one of the finest pieces of writing I ve read in some time Warren has a large cast of characters, rural and small town folk, who live in and around the town of Juliet The are simple enough people, but all have depths and longings and secrets I am glad to have di [...]

  10. Ruth Seeley

    Masterful storytelling here The town of Juliet, SK, comes alive over the course of 24 hours Warren manages to introduce and flesh out dozens of characters without it seeming strained at all She s also very funny and yet the humour is never laboured, but seemingly effortless.

  11. Siobhan Fallon

    Dianne Warren s evocative Juliet in August tells the story of Juliet, a small town set against the vastness of the West Throughout the novel, the dunes that border Juliet are constantly shifting, uncovering bits of history lost to the sands Warren handles her characters with the same archaeological precision, brushing away layer after layer, slowly revealing their inner turmoil as they move tentatively toward love and forgiveness Juliet in August is an intricately beautiful novel full of the une [...]

  12. Louise

    Canadian literature at its best A brilliant, well written, absorbing 24 hour portrait of a small, fictional Canadian prairie town and it s various inhabitants A book about nothing, and about everything I would love to see a sequel.

  13. Pooker

    Christmas booty Okay so what is it about books set in Saskatchewan I am not a prairie girl I was born on Lake of the Woods Pine, granite, steep hills and fishy lake water are in my blood and they never fail to call me home when I read of them Yet lately I ve found a sort of second home in these Saskatchewan books.In addition to this book, which I loved, I ve also particularly enjoyed Dry by Barbara Sapergia The Last Cowboy by Lee Gowan and Beatrice by Monica Kidd Although different books, they a [...]

  14. Shirley Schwartz

    This book is mesmerizing At first glance it seems so simple, but as you get further in, you realize how complex these characters are And yes, this book is about the characters The time frame for the book is about 24 hours, and it takes place in a sleepy little town called Juliet which is smack dab in the middle of the Little Snake sandhills This area is close to Swift Current, Saskatchewan, and it is where I was born and grew up I loved the walk down memory lane with the area in southern Saskatc [...]

  15. Louise

    Okay, try as I might, I just couldn t get into this book at all I found it quite boring and lacking flow, the characters were boring and not very well developed, the story moved way too slowly and I just couldn t force myself to finish it So lieu of a review, I ve left you with the synopsis from inside the front cover of the book Perhaps someone else might find this novel fantastic, you just can t please all of the people, all of the time JULIET, Saskatchewan You might imagine that not much happ [...]

  16. Lydia Presley

    Juliet in August is one of the most understated, beautifully written books I ve read in 2012 Dianne Warren has created a book that, with the subtlety and grace of a racing horse, has completely taken over my imagination and whisked me away to a little town in Canada named Juliet.Juliet in August begins with a horse race a story which is the foundation of the short tales that follow it In a way, this book is a mixture of a bunch of short stories, strung together in such a pitch perfect way that t [...]

  17. Emilie

    edwardsmagazinebookclub 20Published by HarperCollins 2010It s amazing how, when I mention Canadian literature, people s eyes glaze over and their mouths are filled with angst and prairie dust and memories of having to read Who Has Seen the Wind in high school English classes However, this book is a wonderful example of everything that Who Has Seen the Wind was not The prairies surrounding the fictional town of Juliet are dry and hot and dusty, and not much seems to happen, but it is the busy int [...]

  18. Tami

    Loved this story and did not want it to end It s slow paced but after you get to know these characters,that ends up being a good thing a very good thing The ending was quite satisfying No loose pieces I consider this book the perfect weekend read I m so glad I didn t have laundry to do the past couple days.

  19. Mls3

    Loved, loved, loved this book It s the best book I ve read all summer It is beautifully written and the stories have a universal quality, yet clearly evoke the unique landscape where they take place I will be reading from Dianne Warren I can t wait

  20. LibraryCin

    Juliet is a small town just over 1,000 people in Southern Saskatchewan, near Swift Current This book follows some of the town residents and local farmers for one day We meet Lee, who has taken over his family farm we learn early on, that Lester and Astrid were not his biological parents Norval, the town banker, whose daughter, just out of high school, is pregnant and is getting married neither she nor her fiance are particularly responsible Blaine, whose farm has failed and he is having trouble [...]

  21. Evelyn

    This started a little slow for me, and after a few chapters I thought this was a short story collection Then the cast of characters seemed to come together for me and I was immersed in the story Once I finished I was amazed to realize this whole story, with the exception of the first vignette, took place over two days I am from Saskatchewan, and I have lived in the area of the fictional town of Juliet In fact, I also lived in Swift Current, but before the new hospital was built However, I have b [...]

  22. Judy

    The first half of the book 3 stars,the 3rd quarter 3.5 stars, and the last quarter 4 stars.Kent Haruf kept coming to mind while I was reading Both authors set their stories in small grassland towns, both have well developed realistic characters Haruf has a traditional plot Warren uses a short story approach, with each story focusing on a particular person, weaving from one character to the next and back again, with each reaching a conclusion of sorts.

  23. Aban (Aby)

    I reserve a five star rating for books that will I feel be loved by readers across the world and will be equally appreciated by generations to come I am not sure that Cool Water has quite this quality, though I might be wrong Anyway, I loved the book though not on the first reading I had to read it a second time in order to truly appreciate its quiet, understated beauty I loved the structure of the book, its characters, language and its gentle humor Cool Water is really about an area the Sand Hi [...]

  24. Krista

    You can tell me that your dog ran away Then tell me that it took three days I ve heard every joke I ve heard every one you d say You think there s not a lot goin on Look closer baby, you re so wrong And that s why you can stay so long Where there s not a lot goin onAll I really know about Saskatchewan This theme song and the show it s from, Corner Gas one brief trip I took as a teenager to see the orchids at Cypress Hills stories about the ranch in Eastend that s in my husband s family and the f [...]

  25. Janet Berkman

    Cool Water is a novel, but with a lyrical structure of intertwined short stories Set in a small Saskatchewan town, it follows the lives of individuals and families over the period of a few days As in a small town where everyone knows everyone s business, these stories intersect The reader is able to look down on the town and watch as the stories overlap and interconnect We read of a mother struggling to cope with her children as the family farm is in the process of being repossessed the bank man [...]

  26. Eric Wright

    In many ways this is a charming story about a small town in Saskatchewan on the edge of the Little Snake Sand Hills The characters are quirky and interesting although quite ordinary the kind of characters you d probably find in many locations The book is character driven but there is a problem too many characters with hard to recognize interwoven stories all of which the author breaks up into segments, not chapters, in rather long sections The scheme doesn t work for me I m just getting to know [...]

  27. Kelley

    ARC Received from GiveawayDianne Warren s first novel, Juliet in August , is a slice of life story of a town and it s inhabitants Juliet is a small town in Western Canada a typical small town where everyone knows everyone else s business This is the story of a few days in the lives of the banker, the down and out rancher, and the jealous wife of a cowboy These characters, among many others, are brought to life with a refreshing brilliance The best part of all we know exactly who these people are [...]

  28. Gillian Burles

    Like the way she joined the characters together in this small Saskatchewan town Essentially a character study and very well written

  29. K

    Come start an August day with the inhabitants of the small Canadian prairie community of Juliet and follow them as they go about an ordinary day of work, love and hope in the sand dunes and grasslands of Saskatchewan Lee owns a ranch that he inherited from Lester and Astrid, his adoptive parents With his dog Cracker he tries to run the Torgeson farm the same way it had been for many years but it is a lonely and sad life for the young man That is until a lost Arabian horse wanders onto his farm i [...]

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