Children of the Waters

Children of the Waters The author of the Denver Post bestseller and Essence Book Club Pick Orange Mint and Honey explores the connection between love and race and what it really means to be a family Trish Taylor s white

  • Title: Children of the Waters
  • Author: Carleen Brice
  • ISBN: 9780345499073
  • Page: 477
  • Format: Paperback
  • The author of the 1 Denver Post bestseller and Essence Book Club Pick Orange Mint and Honey explores the connection between love and race, and what it really means to be a family.Trish Taylor s white ancestry never got in the way of her love for her black ex husband, or their mixed race son, Will But when Trish s marriage ends, she returns to her family s Denver, ColoradThe author of the 1 Denver Post bestseller and Essence Book Club Pick Orange Mint and Honey explores the connection between love and race, and what it really means to be a family.Trish Taylor s white ancestry never got in the way of her love for her black ex husband, or their mixed race son, Will But when Trish s marriage ends, she returns to her family s Denver, Colorado home to find a sense of identity and connect to her past.What she finds there shocks her to the very core her mother and newborn sister were not killed in a car crash as she was told In fact, her baby sister, Billie Cousins, is now a grown woman her grandparents had put her up for adoption, unwilling to raise the child of a black man Billie, who had no idea she was adopted, wants nothing to do with Trish until a tragedy in Billie s own family forces her to lean on her surprisingly supportive and sympathetic sister Together they unravel age old layers of secrets and resentments and navigate a path toward love, healing, and true reconciliation.

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    About "Carleen Brice"

    1. Carleen Brice

      My debut novel Orange Mint and Honey aired on Lifetime as the NAACP Image Award winning movie Sins of the Mother starring Jill Scott and Nicole Beharie The novel won awards from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and from the African American Literary Awards Show.Of Orange Mint and Honey, Alicia Keys said, This is the reason I love to read This book has so much character and a wealth of soul My second novel is Children of the Waters Meg Waite Clayton, author of The Wednesday Sisters, said, In Children of the Waters, Carleen Brice deftly explores issues of family, identity, and race with a wonderful abundance of humor, forgiveness, and grace This moving story of two sisters separated by prejudice will open minds and touch hearts I m currently working on a novel titled Calling Every Good Wish Home.

    810 thoughts on “Children of the Waters”


    1. Foreseeable Future,Trish Taylor has been finding puzzle pieces every place she goes. She'd like to believe it was a coincidence, but the fact that her grandmother loved to work puzzles has her wondering if maybe Nana is trying to connect with her from beyond the grave. Still settling back into Colorado, her hometown, after a divorce with a teenage son, Will, a house full of dogs and a job she loves working for people she hates, Trish is more than certain her imagination has gotten away from her. [...]


    2. Recently finished reading this book for an upcoming bookclub meeting. I found her treatment of race, family and relationships interesting but somewhat flawed. I wish there was more exploration of the male, female relationships that underlined much of what took place in the story. it also gave a simplistic look at relationships between individuals who are adopted and their families (adopted and birth). But these are not the things that kept me from giving this book 5 stars. It was Brice's resolut [...]


    3. What a compelling story! I love Carleen Brice for her colorful way of writing makes me feel. She knows how to tell a great story and make you become one with her characters.Billie Cousins knew there was something missing from her life. For as long as she could remember, there was always something "different" from her that stood out from the rest of her family. It wasn't until her mother received an unknown visitor who turns the Cousin family upside down. But what this "visitor" held was the key [...]


    4. ebook.i really loved this bookobably because at the bottom of it all, the story was about family. and it seemed like a real family. the characters, the conversations, the situationswere so honest and unpretentious and raw. the struggles of both trish and billie were expertly showcasedd it doesn't matter what color or race you areif you read this book, you'll honestly feel the hurt that both characters have gone through. you empathize with each and every character, genuinely care for their well b [...]


    5. The story of two half sisters, where one is white and the other is half black and half white. The biracial sister got put up for adoption as a kid because her grandparents didn't want to raise a brown kid. Now the sisters are in their 30s and they have just metI think I liked this better than Orange Mint and Honey but I just couldn't help feeling that these characters could have been more "real." Instead they seemed a little stereotype-y to me. Anyway, it was also interesting to read from the pe [...]


    6. Carleen Brice's sophomore novel weighs in with a stronger, more confident voice--she's certainly come into her own. "Children of the Waters" tells the story of two Denver women whose lives are woven together by secrets, lies and racism from years ago that are now shaping their futures. Religion, racial issues, relationships and parenting styles all come into sharp focus as the characters learn to deal with their changing, and mingling, lives.


    7. Just finished reading "Orange Mint and Honey" and can say that I enjoyed that story better than this. Didn't really care about or for any of the characters and that's not usually Brice's style.



    8. I like this book, this story was about two sisters one white and the other half blke biracial child was adopted because the grandparents didn’t want to raise a blk child.


    9. Children of the Waters is an amazing read. Carleen Brice is unafraid to talk about tough subjects through her characters. The dialouge never feels forced, the conversations are genuine ones that people have with one another. The author does an excellent job in maintaing a neutral stance, Trish and Billie feel so differently about some things; faith, race and even family. But the author doesn't belittle either one of them, each of them is a strong, lovable and valid character. I especially admire [...]


    10. Children of the Waters was a little disappointing to me. It was still a good read. But, I guess I expected something different. Trish is White, and has a biracial son named Will. She was raised by her very strict and sometimes cruel grandparents. Her mother and baby sister are killed in a car accident (or so she thinks). In the beginning of the book she keeps finding jigsaw puzzle pieces. Her late grandmother loved puzzles. It's a message from the beyond, of course. Her grandmother honestly had [...]


    11. We met Carleen Brice when she visited the Tattered Cover Bookstore in Denver. You can listen to her talk about "Children of the Waters" here: authorsontourlive/?p=448About this podcast:Colorado author and former Tattered Cover staff member Carleen Brice was recently named 2008 “Breakout Author of the Year” by The African American Literary Awards Show for her debut novel "Orange Mint and Honey," which was also a selection of the Essence Book Club. Brice reads from and discusses her second nov [...]


    12. I previously read Orange Mint & Honey by Carleen Brice so I thought I would try her second book. I think I liked it more! Carleen Brice is a Denver author and sets her books in Denver so it's fun to know exactly where she is referencing. This book is about a troubled young woman that we don't really get to know. She has one child Trish and leaves Trish with her parents to raise. She then comes home pregnant again - this time by a black man. She dies from a heroin overdose. The grandparents f [...]


    13. This is the second Brice book that I've read, and I must say that I love her writing and how she develops her characters. They are people that I seem to know. I also connect with the spiritual elements of this story, especially as it relates to emotional healing. The correlations in the names Wilhemina, Billie and Will are striking. The way she uses Nana to play a role in her healing is phenomenal!Brice's story is a great one -- not just because of the story line; not just because of the charact [...]


    14. I loved Carleen Brice's first novel, Orange Mint and Honey , so I was a little afraid that her second novel might not be as rewarding a read. I shouldn't have worried. Brice has written another book that accomplishes several important goals: it is accessible and enjoyable for a broad reading audience, it tells a great story, it is beautifully written, and it provides much food for thought. I read it straight through - couldn't put it down. Another winner.


    15. I thought the characters of Billie and Trisha were well-drawn. You could find yourself sympathizing with their situations and getting frustrated when they were too pig-headed to see their own shortcomings. I did wonder about their respective birth fathers. Neither woman seemed to dwell on that missing piece of their family puzzle. It stood out since fatherhood was such an integral part of the story.


    16. Wow! Brice takes the subject of separated at birth to a whole new level. Again, her characters are written so vividly and her use of description and dialogue truly draws the reader into the story. As you read Children of the Waters you become a member of the family, or a close personal friend rooting for a good resolution. The story lines are neatly packaged and work so well together! This is a must read.


    17. Carleen Brice sensitively captures the complexity and ambivalence of two sisters' relationship. Trish, the white mother of a biracial son, learns that she has a younger sister whom her grandparents had told her was dead; Billie, also biracial, was given up for adoption because the grandparents did not want to "raise a black man's child" after their daughter, mother to both Trish and Billie, was killed in an automobile accident. Ms. Brice, a Denver native, sets the story in her hometown.


    18. I received this book as a ' giveway. I was really excited about reading this novel, but was disappointed with the strong language contained therein. I find the f-word offensive and could not get past chapter 4, because of the peppered profanity. I will put this book on paperbackswap, where several requests await. :-(


    19. Children of the Waters was not only well written, it was illuminating. I see Children of the Waters as full-bodied “Issues Fiction,” with authentic discussions about interracial relationships, and similarities and differences that go beyond skin color-including the inner workings of family, the effect of long-buried secrets, and the importance of acceptance and reconciliation. Bravo!


    20. An addictive, compelling read. There are some flaws (mostly the author's simplicity in resolving some situations) but they are overcome by the unique and important subject matter itself. In this day and age, we need more books like this that explore interracial relationships of all kinds. Enjoy the modern day setting as well.


    21. I loved this - thought it might even be better than Oranges I'm so impressed with how Carleen Brice tackles such tough subjects and shines fresh light on old problems - and all while writing a great great story and fabulous characters. The only thing I felt was that the back cover copy gave too much of the story away and I would advise my friends not to read it.


    22. I'm torn about this book. While the story sucked me in and I had to finish it, I didn't love it. The ending tied all the loose strings a little too neatly, and it came way too quickly.The other problem I had came from the way the author dealt with race, which was a major theme of the book. I forget that some people still think in terms of color.


    23. We have another one of Carleen's books on our list for book club (Orange Mint & Honey), and we are trying to contact her to visit our group. This book was very good: I think she touched on a very real subject that we may not know who all of our 'family' are, but she did not pursue that vein of discussion. Her acknowledging it was profound to me. I thought she wrote a very good book.


    24. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It had a great plot and good characters. i picked this up on a whim 'cause i had to buy a book on a recent visit to the Tattered Cover in Denver and ended up picking up a winner!


    25. An exploration of race, what it means to be black and white, and unconditional love. The story holds tension, but most of all the author created characters that were well-rounded and with whom the reader feels completely connected. I cheered for everybody and in the end, they all won.


    26. I LOVED this book. Two women, two sisters, separated by the death of a mother and the prejudice of their white grandparents. One of the sisters is white, and the other is half African American. It was really very lovely in many ways.


    27. Contemporary fiction—two sisters who had not known of each other's existence reconnect and struggle to forge a connection. My favorite part was its accurate, matter-of-fact, nonsentimental portrayal of living with a chronic illness.


    28. I really liked this book. I cried a few times, and called my family right after to tell them how much I loved them. This was a warm, delicate exploration of what it means to be a family, in the broadest sense of the word. I thought it was beautiful.


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