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The author of Water for Elephants and Ape House again demonstrates her talent for creating irresistible period pieces with this tale set in the Scottish Highlands during World War II. Philadelphia socialite Madeline Hyde reluctantly follows her husband Ellis and his best friend Hank to the tiny village of Drumnadrochit, ostensibly to find the Loch Ness monster and earn their way back into the good graces of their social circle. The locals have nothing but contempt for the privileged interlopers, and while Ellis and Hank go monster-hunting, Maddie is left on her own at the isolated inn, where food is rationed, fuel is scarce, and a knock from the postman can bring tragic news. Yet she finds herself falling in love with the stark beauty and subtle magic of the Scottish countryside, and as she gradually comes to know the villagers, the friendships she forms with two young women open her up to a larger world than she knew existed. The privileged young woman experiences a moral and sexual awakening, and begins to see that nothing is as it first appears, and monsters lurk where they are least expected.
"If I needed a reminder why I am such a fan of Sara Gruen's books, her latest novel provides plenty. Unique in its setting and scope, this impeccably researched historical fiction is full of the gorgeous prose I've come to expect from this author. And even after the final page, its message still resonates with me: The monsters we seek may be right in front of us."—Jodi Picoult
"Gruen skillfully weaves in historical reference points, making Maddie's story seem larger than that individual focus. The author conveys the lure of the Scottish Highlands, and its storied lore and mystery help create her novel's riveting, ethereal atmosphere. Maddie's growing self-awareness is presented in stark—and welcome—contrast to her husband's spiral into conceit and self-deception. At the Water's Edge captivates with its drama, intrigue and glimpses of both the dark and light of humanity."—BookPage