Harper Collins, Toronto, 2010
From my TBR pile, this novel won the Governor General’s Prize for Fiction in 2010 and was long listed for the Giller Prize.
The novel takes place in Juliet, a small town on the edge of the Great Sand Hills of Saskatchewan. Cool Water tells overlapping stories of a day in the lives many of the towns inhabitants. It reminds me a bit of Olive Kitteridge.
The characters are unpretentious, their stories are quiet and most are unaware of how they entwine, interlock and deeply affect each other. Warren writing is spare and understated, very evocative of place. I would like to read more of her work.