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The Safey of Deeper Water

Tim Poland

Publication Year: 2008

When Sandy Holston is on dry land, she’s nothing special: a nurse who wears her hair in a ponytail and prefers a fishing lure as an earring. But once she dons waders, picks up a fly rod, and steps into a river, she becomes a remarkable, elegant fisherwoman who’s at peace with the world. After surviving her marriage to Vernon - her violent, incarcerated ex-husband - peace is just what Sandy needs. So she moves to Damascus, a small town on the Ripshin River, where she plans to enjoy the fishing and the solitude. Finally she is on the brink of a life she desires in a place she loves. But as the Ripshin’s trout mysteriously die off, and as Sandy grows closer to a reclusive neighbor who has a propensity for fishing naked, her plans are put in jeopardy. Will Sandy be able to find peace - in the river or out - once Vernon is released from prison and fulfills his promise to hunt her down?

Published by: West Virginia University Press

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Acknowledgments

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pp. vii-

I owe a debt of gratitude to those who gave so selflessly of their time to read early versions of this novel and offer invaluable guidance: K. Gorcheva-Newberry, Donald Seacreast, Lisa Faith Phillips, and Gerri Glass. This work could never have been completed without the tireless efforts of Rosemary Fithian-Guruswamy, who scheduled my teaching ...

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Prologue: A Fish Like That

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pp. 1-14

One of the first things Sandy did after it was all over and she had the house to herself was to open his tackle box. She thought she would be lonely, miss him, and that touching the contents of the box might ignite a contact with him. Manslaughter. He’d been sentenced to five years in the Bland County Correctional Facility for manslaughter...

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Chapter 1: The Watershed

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pp. 15-56

Some time ago, Inmate #52674 at the Bland County Correctional Facility wrote and mailed the following letter: Dear Sandy, You heartless bitch. How could you? All the planning. The waiting. It could have worked. You said you’d be there for me. You promised. You were part of the plan. And then you just left me standing there, likely to get shot. Goddamn it, I’m your husband. Who are you? My wife? The one I love?...

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Chapter 2: Where a Woman Just Goddamned Wasn’t Supposed to Be

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pp. 56-92

A half moon and two mercury vapor lights illuminate the grounds around the black water in the hatchery pens, and he watches through binoculars, hidden in the trees up the hillside. Gentle wind shushes through overhead branches, tree trunks creak and bend, dead leaves and twigs fall to the forest floor, water runs through underground springs, insects hum in flight, deer tear leaves from bushes ...

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Chapter 3: Penance

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pp. 93-159

Stepping through thick, prickling summer brush onto the bank of the lower Ripshin, Sandy freezes, her weight shifting forward onto her right leg, and feels her scalp tighten under her cap. Only a few feet in front of her, a water moccasin lies loosely curved in the shallows at the river’s edge. The black and brown snake draws its head back and ...

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Chapter 4: As Long as the River’s Here

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pp. 160-253

The alarm clock begins beeping into the dawn dark of her bedroom at the same moment the banging begins at the back door. As her eyes flutter open, still groggy from deep sleep, it seems to Sandy, for an instant, that her alarm clock has developed a new, louder, more demanding ring. In another instant her waking mind separates the beeping clock from the ...

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Epilogue: And Become Undisguised and Naked

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pp. 254-263

Sandy stands concealed at the edge of the trees. The night is unusually mild and warm for the end of October. A thin film of perspiration coats the skin on her bare neck, the feather hanging from her ear brushing over it. She raises binoculars with one cracked lens to her eyes and watches J.D.’s government SUV bounce on its springs in the distance. ...

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About Tim Poland

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pp. 264-

Tim Poland grew up in Ohio and now lives and works in the New River Valley near the Blue Ridge Mountains in southwestern Virginia. He is the author of Escapee (America House, 2001), a collection of short fiction, and Other Stones, Kinder Temples (Pudding House, 2008), a chapbook of poems. His fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared widely in various literary journals. ...


E-ISBN-13: 9781933202815
E-ISBN-10: 1933202815
Print-ISBN-13: 9781933202327
Print-ISBN-10: 1933202327

Page Count: 276
Publication Year: 2008

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