Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Town That Drowned

 
The Town That Drowned is my debut novel, published in Canada by Goose Lane Editions, October, 2011 and in Australia and New Zealand by Allen and Unwin, March, 2013.  
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Additional information about me (Riel) and the book can be found through the links in the navigation bar above.
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It has been great to hear from so many readers who enjoyed the story.  It is also pretty darn awesome to hear from so very many book clubs who chose the novel to discuss.  And although The Town That Drowned  is an adult novel, I LOVE the crossover success it has had as a young adult book.  Thank you to all the teachers who have contacted me to say they are sharing the book with their students. 
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So, what's it about?  From the publisher ...
 
     Living with a weird little brother in a small town can be tough enough. Having a spectacular fall through the ice at a skating party and nearly drowning are grounds for embarrassment. But having a vision and narrating it to the assembled crowd solidifies your status as an outcast.
     What Ruby Carson saw during that fateful day was her entire town — buildings and people — floating underwater. Then an orange-tipped surveyor stake turns up in a farmer's field. Another is found in the cemetery. A man with surveying equipment is spotted eating lunch near Pokiok Falls. The residents of Haventon soon discover that a massive dam is being constructed and that most of their homes will be swallowed by the rising water. Suspicions mount, tempers flare, and secrets are revealed. As the town prepares for its own demise, 14-year-old Ruby Carson sees it all from a front-row seat.

  Set in the 1960s, The Town That Drowned evokes the awkwardness of childhood, the thrill of first love, and the importance of having a place to call home. Deftly written in a deceptively unassuming style, Nason's keen insights into human nature and the depth of human attachment to place make this novel ripple in an amber tension of light and shadow.