Treading Water

Treading Water

Book - 2005
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In the novel TREADING WATER, the voices of the residents of Bear Creek surface. Gus Sanders, a young trapper, arrives to seek his fortune on 1904 but loses his heart, and then his life; Jake Schroeder must choose between his desire to join up and his Mennonite pacifist roots; Isobel Grey, suffragette, leaves the movement in Winnipeg and brings her politics with her; Dutch war bride Aliesje Milner, six months pregnant, waits at the train station for a husband whose face she can no longer remember; and young Paul Doyle's summer job demolishing houses to make way for the new hydroelectric dam teaches him more than he bargained for. The indomitable personality of Ursula Hartmann, first child born in Bear Creek and among the last to leave, threads through the novel as they trace a community from its innocent beginnings until the day the waters rise.
Publisher: Toronto : McArthur & Co., 2005
ISBN: 9781552785263
Branch Call Number: DEG
Characteristics: 302 p. ;,22 cm


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Oct 10, 2013

A moving, insightful account of the lives of early settlers, the impact of culture, and the restraints of the social rules of the times. There is an innocence and a ring of authenticity to this book. I enjoyed it thoroughly, and thought back to those who settled the small community I grew up in myself, and the stories they brought with them, and the stories they created, as they settled in the N. Shuswap.

Cdnbookworm May 18, 2011

This Canadian first novel has interesting characters and plot. Taking place in the fictional community of Bear Creek in the mountains of BC, the plot moves from the late 1800s to the present. The first settlers in the community are Mennonites from Manitoba, moving to where they hope to find an easier land to make a living in. Other early settlers include a trapper, and men working riverboats. There is some interaction with local native people, not all positive. The first child born in the community, Ursula is followed through the book. Eventually the community is bought out by the government when a hydro project will flood the area.

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