Watershed by Mark Barr


Watershed is a historical fiction novel set in rural Tennessee in 1937. The story revolves around the construction of a dam and its impact on the lives of the characters.

Nathan, a hydroelectric dam engineer, is haunted by a secret guilt while Claire, a housewife, struggles to balance motherhood and newfound freedom. As their paths cross, their ambitions and yearnings threaten to overflow the banks of their time and place.

What I Liked

Ok – I am a huge fan of any novel set in the 1930s American South. I’m fascinated by the rate of economic, cultural, and social change in that place and time. This book is set right in that period and explores exactly those changes brought about by a giant dam project. Great novel.

What I Did Not Like

A few of the side characters were pretty flat and undeveloped.

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