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The Waters of Star Lake
A Novel
Sara Rath

Terrace Books

“Enormously readable. The audience that enjoyed Star Lake Saloon will come back for more, and those who start this novel will want to enjoy the first one. Visiting the North as Sara Rath recreates it is a welcome treat.”
—Jim Fleming, reader for “Chapter a Day” on Wisconsin Public Radio

Newly widowed Natalie Waters expects only nostalgia and solitude at her quiet, rustic cabin.  But the wilderness conceals more than one perilous mystery. Where in Wisconsin’s Northwoods did the notorious gangster John Dillinger hide $210,000 following a violent FBI shootout? And why do the local timberwolves incite so much rage among Natalie’s neighbors?

As predators circle and howl in the dark, Ginger, the bartender at the nearby Star Lake Saloon, draws Natalie deep into the secrets not only of Dillinger but of the ecologies of family, forest, and heart. With the reluctant support of her granddaughter and advice from a handsome wolf biologist, Natalie is forced to choose between adversity and adventure.

Sara Rath continues her popular Northwoods saga in this affirming and often humorous tale of romance, betrayal, and danger.

Portrait of author Sara RathSara Rath is a MacDowell Fellow and author of several books, including the novels Star Lake Saloon and Housekeeping Cottages and Night Sisters, and the biography H. H. Bennett, Photographer: His American Landscape, all of which are published by the University of Wisconsin Press. She lives in Spring Green, Wisconsin.

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the cover of the CD of Star Lake features a close-up of the same illustration of a woman dangling her legs over the side of a boat on a Wisconsin Lake. Star Lake Saloon and Housekeeping Cottages
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Sara Rath
As read by Jim Fleming on Wisconsin Public Radio's Chapter a Day program


Image of a woman walking along a dock with a canoe in the water

May 2012
LC: 2011042486 PS
238 pp.   5 1/2 x 8 1/4

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ISBN 978-0-299-28770-2
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"With the patient skill of an engaging storyteller, Sara Rath brings to life the charm of northern Wisconsin. The appreciative reader is soon breathing in balsam and pine, living in a primitive cabin next to the lake, listening to loons, finding unlikely romance, encountering wolves, bears, a lively group of endearing local personalities, and searching for the legendary buried treasure of John Dillinger and his infamous gang of hoodlums. So pour a cup of coffee, find an unoccupied sofa and head into the Northwoods with The Waters of Star Lake."
—David Rhodes, author of Driftless

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