Seven Locks

Seven Locks

A Novel

Book - 2013
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"The Hudson River Valley, 1769. A man mysteriously disappears without a trace, abandoning his wife and children on their farm at the foot of the Catskill Mountains. At first many believe that his wife, who has the reputation of being a scold, has driven her husband away, but as the strange circumstances of his disappearance circulate, a darker storyunfolds. And as the lines between myth and reality fade in the wilderness, and an American nation struggles to emerge, the lost man's wife embarks on a desperate journey to find the means to ensure her family's survival"--P. [4] of cover.
Publisher: New York : Atria Paperback, 2013.
Edition: 1st Atria Paperback ed.
ISBN: 9781451674705
Characteristics: vi, 329 p. :,map ;,21 cm.
Alternative Title: 7 locks.


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Aug 13, 2013

A fascinating book written vividly (if somewhat wordily) in the voice of a woman of the 1700's. She describes the life of Dutch settlers in the Hudson River valley, and explores the timeless theme of women coping in unhappy marriages.

BPLNextBestAdults Feb 04, 2013

“Regret encloses me within the prison of my choices” writes the first person narrator in the epilogue of this first novel. Her life is certainly fodder for regret. She is left alone, by her husband’s mysterious disappearance, to raise two children and work a farm in a Hudson River community, rife with gossip. Then the American Revolution begins, dramatically affecting her life and limiting her choices even more. This is a beautifully written story; it has a lyricism that defies the stark landscape and emotional stoicism of the abandoned farmer’s wife. The novel begins slowly, but gains power as we are drawn into the protagonist’s life and begin to empathize even though she remains nameless. Her daughter is equally compelling. She evolves from the self- interest of her youth , told in short interjections to her mother’s narration, to become a more compassionate woman. She narrates the concluding chapter, seeking to understand both her parents and their absence from her life. Wade has written a unique historical fiction with real staying power. Written by JM


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Aug 13, 2013

I know there is as much tragedy in children growing as there is in death coming. The seasons do not stand still for us after all, even if we are not prepared for them to pass and cannot face what is next. Time is a hungry maw yawning, and we all roll before it with no hope of escape.

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