Conrad Richter’s The Waters of Kronos, a Masterpiece in Modern American Literature, Now Available in eBook

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1960 National Book Award winner chronicles the memory and loss of a hometown.

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The haunting and lyrical story about family history, community and reconciliation, which won Conrad Richter the 1960 National Book Award, is now available in digital format. The Waters of Kronos has sparked lively debate over the years to how much the story is mirrored to Richter’s own life.

The main character, John Donner, returns home to the East Coast after living in the western states only to discover that his childhood town has been submerged beneath a lake created for a hydroelectric dam. Although the public is not allowed in the area, Donner manages to sneak his way in and is flooded with memories even though the place is now underwater.

Conrad Richter grew up in Pennsylvania in the early 20th century and knew several descendants of pioneer families. He took a job at the age of 19 as an editor for a local paper and began publishing in pulp magazines shortly thereafter. Richter often wrote about the disappearance of the American frontier in addition to themes on connection and recollection.

Other novels penned by Richter include The Light in the Forest and Sea of Grass. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1951 for his novel The Town, the last in a trilogy about Ohio during frontier times.

The Waters of Kronos is available on Kindle, Nook, Apple, Barnes and Noble and Kobo for $8.99.

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