Review: ‘The Waters & The Wild’ is a Stunning Exploration of Human Character

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Daniel Abend lives a comfortable life as a successful psychotherapist on the Upper West Side of New York City. He is a single father raising a teenage daughter. When one of his patients commits suicide Daniel receives a note that has him start to ask questions about his patient’s death. Provided with a mysterious set of clues in the form of an old key, a haunting photograph and a veiled poem, Daniel is left struggling to solve the mystery before him. But suddenly, his daughter disappears.

In a desperate search for his daughter and the truth, Daniel finds himself swept back to when he was a young man living in Paris. As each day passes, the trail gets colder and colder. Tortured by anonymous letters he receives, Daniel has to confront the past he left behind. But ultimately, Daniel knows the truth: in the end, we must all pay our debts.

The Waters & The Wild (Random House) is an imaginative labyrinth, with unexpected twists following a very dark maze. With each sentence, the author evokes the feeling of growing desperation, setting the reader up for an ending no one will see coming. If you like psychological thrillers this story explores every region of human thought and performance. Harrison writes a stunning contradiction of characters and themes that work brilliantly and delve into a deep exploration of human character, psyche, guilt and responsibility.

The Waters & The Wild: A Novel will be released on April 3rd. For more information on the author, please visit oberlin.edu/desales-harrison

 ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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DeSales Harrison is an associate professor of modern poetry and acting director of the Creative Writing Program at Oberlin College. He earned his BA from Yale University, his MA from Johns Hopkins University, and his PhD from Harvard University. He studied psychoanalysis at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research in New York. He is married to the literary critic Laura Baudot, has four children, and spends part of the year near Nevers, France.

 

 

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