The Waters of Kronos

Winner, National Book Awards 1961 for Fiction

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ISBN 978-0271022406
RosettaBooks | Alfred A. Knopf
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Conrad Richter

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When John Donner returns to the East Coast after spending some time out west, he finds his home town submerged under the dark waters of a new lake—created in the construction of a nearby hydroelectric dam. Although the public is banned from the area, Donner manages to talk his way in—and remembers the life he led there long ago.

A haunting and lyrical story, this book deals with themes of family history, memory, reconciliation, and art’s role in creating community. The Waters of Kronos tells a story parallel to the life of its author—and it is believed in certain circles to be autobiographical.