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Publisher's Summary

Gathering of Waters is a deeply engrossing tale narrated by the town of Money, Mississippi - a site both significant and infamous in our collective story as a nation. Money is personified in this haunting story, which chronicles its troubled history following the arrival of the Hilson and Bryant families. Tass Hilson and Emmett Till were young and in love when Emmett was brutally murdered in 1955. Anxious to escape the town, Tass marries Maximillian May and relocates to Detroit. Forty years later, after the death of her husband, Tass returns to Money and fantasy takes flesh when Emmett Till's spirit is finally released from the dank, dark waters of the Tallahatchie River. The two lovers are reunited, bringing the story to an enchanting and profound conclusion.

Gathering of Waters mines the truth about Money, Mississippi, as well as the town's families, and threads their history over decades. The bare-bones realism - both disturbing and riveting - combined with a magical realm in which ghosts have the final say, is reminiscent of Toni Morrison's Beloved.

©2012 Bernice L. McFadden (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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  • Naima
  • Amityville, NY, United States
  • 07-26-16

Loved it!!

A beautiful way to tell a ghost story. If you like Tananarive Due you will like this.

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  • Jo
  • 08-05-15

HMMMMMM

This book was sort of odd. Not really what I expected. Storyline was different and entertaining enough to keep me reading although I'm not sure I'd read it again or recommend it. IMHO. Not bad....just not great.

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A beautiful depiction of a horrible experience

This author has easily become one of my new favorite of all time...very reminiscent of a Tori Morrison story with the author's unique ability to intertwine the characters lives for the reader to see the entire book as a movie!

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Beautiful!

This book is absolutely wonderful on paper and in audio. Robin Miles and Bernice McFadden are THE BEST storytellers!

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Bravo!!!

This was well worth the credit. I laughed and cried constantly. She is one of the great authors of our time.

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Refreshing

I particularly enjoyed how she personified the river and the town ; and, tie all of the tales to the nature of the geography... she's a great author!!!

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Very Interesting

Where does Gathering of Waters rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

this book is somewhere in the middle of all the audible books I have listened to. Only because I have selected some very good books.

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Lovely tribute

Robin Miles continues to be one of the best narrators of all time. The story is beautiful, spiritual and rich. It's a lovely tribute to Emmett Till.

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  • Nisey
  • Austin, TX, United States
  • 05-26-13

Excellent Book, Excellent Narration

If you could sum up Gathering of Waters in three words, what would they be?

creative, entertaining, moving

Which character – as performed by Robin Miles – was your favorite?

All. She's a very versatille and talented narrator.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Historically accurate, the story leading up to Emmett Till's murder is perfectly laid out.

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