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Fifty years after an earthen dam collapsed sending a thirty foot wall of raging destruction down on the city of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Pamela McRae looks back on the tragedy. The flood wiped out Pam's fondest hopes: her brother and her fiance were killed. Her mother is locked in catatonic hysteria. Her father, torn apart by the flood's affect on his family, just walks awFifty years after an earthen dam collapsed sending a thirty foot wall of raging destruction down on the city of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Pamela McRae looks back on the tragedy. The flood wiped out Pam's fondest hopes: her brother and her fiance were killed. Her mother is locked in catatonic hysteria. Her father, torn apart by the flood's affect on his family, just walks away, leaving Pam poverty stricken and alone, to care for a mother who may never recover. Then Davy Hughes, Pam's dead fiance, reappears and, instead of being the answer to her prayers, further complicates her life. Someone is seeking revenge on the owners of the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club, the Pittsburgh millionaires who owned the failed dam, and Pam thinks Davy might have something to do with it. Waterproof, set in Johnstown two years after the flood, examines how people react to tragedy. Do they recover from physical injury only to succumb to the psychological affects? Or do they run away? Do they rise to the challenge and become better people or give in to their rage and seek revenge? For the people of Johnstown, survivors of the flood, it became the measure of their character. Determined to get past the tragedy and get on with her life, Pam spurns self-pity. She will not be defined by the flood. In this decades-deep story of loss and struggle against loss, we find a heroine to respect and a path to recovery....

Title : Waterproof: A Novel of the Johnstown Flood
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ISBN : 9780983891826
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 266 Pages
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Waterproof: A Novel of the Johnstown Flood Reviews

  • Natalie
    2019-04-10 20:32

    It wasn't bad. Being from the area it was on my reading list. It would appeal to anyone who is from the flood city. Only three complaints/suggestions. The "present day" sections are from 1939, three years after the city's second major flood. If the writer says the 1889 flood was so devastating to the psyche of the area, - a mention could have been made of the 36 flood. Secondly. Johnstown flooded all the time. Ppl didnt leave the city because the officials cried wolf so many other times. The other minor suggestion is to add a map of the area for locals who read it. That way they can figure out where the chunks of the story take place.

  • Kathie
    2019-04-02 04:41

    Generally I don't like books that jump around in time. This one did that in every chapter but I didn't get annoyed by it until near the end of the book. I enjoyed the story but was disappointed with the way she brought the book to an end. It was almost like she got tired of writing so she decided to pull it all together and have a happy ending for all (except for Davy).

  • Shari Larsen
    2019-04-01 03:40

    Historical fiction based on a true event, the devastating flood that destroyed Johnstown, Pennsylvania in 1889.50 years years later, Pamela McRae is looking backing on the period of time 2 years after the flood; she is still living in an "Oklahoma house", (kind of an early model of manufactured housing, meant to be temporary shelters for those that lost their homes to the flood). She lost her brother and fiancee in the flood, and her father just walks away leaving Pam alone to cope with the poverty, loneliness, despair, and the care of her mother, who disappears into a state of catatonia after the flood.The arrival of Katya, a poor Hungarian girl running away from an arranged marriage, gives Pam the chance she needs to start a new life for herself. Katya takes care of her mother while Pam goes to work for the local paper as a society reporter. But then, someone from her past reappears and complicates her life, and she gets involved with a reporter investigating a group of people seeking revenge on the millionaire owners of the failed dam.I really enjoyed this book; the story kept me intrigued the whole time and I could tell the author really did her research on this one. The ending was satisfying, but I wish the book had been one or two chapters longer; I really liked the characters and wanted to know even more about how their lives during that period of time.

  • Becca
    2019-04-03 23:15

    This was the second book by JRC (the first being Redfield Farm, about the Underground Railroad). I grew up in this area, but only recently looked into some of the history. My boyfriend & I went to the National Flood Museum last year. The flood of 1889 was devastating to the city of Johnstown, and it is easy to see how the country club members who built and neglected a faulty dam in a very precarious location would be blamed by the victims. It's really unimaginable to visualize what that was like: sight, sound, etc. The main character is remembering the events shortly after the flood, as she has been approached by a newsboy for an anniversary story. It is interesting how JRC imagined this girl's life to have played out. It was also neat to read about locations in a town I live in now, where everything is so different, but the streets remain the same. It also kind of made me sad, though, because while Johnstown was devastated by this flood - it wasn't the first, and it wasn't the last - the area is still depressed. It seems like the valley holds a kind of despair that makes it hard to climb out of.

  • Annette
    2019-04-05 00:31

    I happen to enjoy historical fiction and this book was history with an unexpected twist. What happened to the survivors of the famous Johnston PA flood?I've read a couple of novels that touched on the flood itself, but this novel explored how people in the town dealt with the aftermath.For the heroine, Pamela, she believed that dealing with past meant honoring the dead, and moving forward. Although she too, has lost family, she copes and tries to create a life for herself.Other characters are angry and bitter after the flood and blame it on the rich owners of the hunting and fishing club. They find a different way to cope.My only criticism was the pacing which at times was very slow. I came to care about the characters and rooted for Pamela to succeed.A good read.

  • Ruth Ann
    2019-03-27 22:30

    Pam, the main character in this historical novel, reminisces about the Johnstown Flood and the effects on her family and friends. Excellent character development and narrative written by a Pennsylvania history buff who grew up in nearby Altoona. For a companion read try David McCullough's book simply named The Johnstown Flood. Written in the late 1960's it is a powerful, unforgettable account of the historical events leading up to and immediately after the collapse of the earthen dam in 1889 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Yes, it is still available to buy with an updated release date of 1987.

  • Kayla
    2019-03-28 23:30

    I was given this book as a Christmas present from my husband's aunt. my husband is a native of Johnstown and I love learning about the history of the Great Flood of 1889. I enjoyed this book very much and was actually sad to have it end, it could have went on for another hundred pages. the only downfall I discovered was sometimes Ms. Coopey doesn't really differentiate between flashbacks and present time but it wasn't hard to figure out. I truly loved the rebuilding of Pam's life and how such a traffic event like the flood can affect people for the good (Pam, her family, Katya, and Rob) or bad (Davy and the Plummers). definitely will read again.

  • Amy
    2019-04-14 03:32

    Being so intimately acquainted with the details of the 1889 Flood, I wasn't sure how I would feel about an historical fiction book set in my birthplace, but this was a pretty good story which was more than plausible in the aftermath of such devastation. By the end of the story, I wanted to know more - when did Pamela and Rob finally marry, what happened with her son that died, how did her mother's recovery go, etc. My only real criticisms are the time jumps during the chapters (as opposed to alternating chapters), and that there was no mention of the 1936 Flood, which, while not the tragedy that 1889 was, was still very significant.

  • Sarah
    2019-03-26 22:37

    I was attracted to this book because of the Pennsylvania history. Due to the flashback style of narration, initially I struggled to follow whether the story was in the past or present, but eventually I caught on. The author did an excellent job of developing the characters and capturing the diverse ways people deal with devastating trauma. Though set in the context of a very specific historical event, the character study certainly has universal applications. I did some soul-searching myself. Certainly worth the reading time and effort!

  • A Holland Reads
    2019-04-18 22:35

    This is a great historical fiction book and like the other three books I have recently read by this author she has done a great job with her research so you feel as if you are right there reliving the experience of the flood with Pamela. This book is full of drama, mystery and romance so there is something for everyone. The characters are very well developed and done so well that they feel as if they are real people. I have not read nor heard about this flood before so it has me even more interested in what happened. Another good book by this author.

  • Bonnie
    2019-04-19 00:21

    Yes, I'm becoming a Judith Redline Coopey fan. Though this book is based on the historical facts of the Johnstown Flood, the plot goes beyond the facts and natural suffering to explore the emotional reactions to the tragedy and how people handled it. And she does it in a thoroughly interesting yet believable way.

  • Kathryn
    2019-03-22 04:15

    This author knows how to tell a good story; I couldn't put it down. Suspenseful. If you're looking for a book that will tell you about the Johnstown Flood, however, this isn't the book for you. It's a good story, a drama, a romance, a mystery. But it doesn't really tell the story of the Johnstown Flood. And some of the details don't quite hang together.

  • Renee
    2019-04-15 22:32

    I really enjoyed this novel based on the 1889 Johnstown Flood. Growing up in that area I never really thought of the perspective that was portrayed by the author. It was a good read that kept my interest. It did bounce from past to present, but did so in a clean manner that made it easy to follow. I would recommend it, especially for the $2.99 Kindle price.

  • Katie
    2019-04-20 03:30

    The aftermath of a tragedyI had read a book about the Johnstown flood years ago, this carried the story further and let you feel the sorrow, the anger, and the hope of the surviving residents.Very easy to become completely immersed in.

  • Wendy
    2019-04-13 01:13

    I enjoyed reading this book. I would have given it five stars but for the fact it just seemed to end with no real closure. It was almost as though the author intended to right a sequel to the book and changed her mind. Other than that, I felt it was well written

  • Kathleen Wells
    2019-04-14 03:12

    I enjoyed this book, which is one of our book club books. A nice love story, with much more about the flood's aftermath than the actual flood itself. Makes me want to go on a field trip to Johnstown!

  • Emily Eitniear
    2019-04-18 03:14

    Very good historical fiction! This was such a great story line, I felt almost as if it was an autobiography rather than a fictional story. Great character base and nice transitions from historical to present.

  • Gina Huffman
    2019-04-05 20:28

    Agreed with a lot of others. The book ended abruptly and I was willing to read more. It was well written and I was invested in the characters but when we got to the point of finding out how their lives went where they did, the book ended awkwardly. I was disappointed.

  • Wendy Long
    2019-04-01 22:31

    I loved this book! I enjoyed the true history woven into the story and I loved the characters. it left me wanting more.

  • Barbara
    2019-03-31 22:19

    Great book.

  • Talkalicious
    2019-03-27 21:11

    Another great book from Judith Redline Coopey. I love her characters and her ability to draw you into the story

  • Laurie
    2019-03-28 02:16

    Interesting first person view of the historic Johnstown Flood, not the greatest writing I have read, but I was interestedin the topic so I liked it.

  • Lisa
    2019-04-14 23:20

    I really enjoyed this historical novel. Protagonist may have been a little too perfect, though.

  • Karen Sexton
    2019-04-14 04:13

    Not the best written book, but a story about an event that I have heard about my whole life, but didn't really understand much about.

  • Sue
    2019-04-14 01:23

    I truly enjoyed this book and the way it was written.

  • Sheri Jeschke
    2019-03-28 00:40

    Wonderfully engaging story about the Johnstown flood of 1889