Blue Water White Sand by Joy Hewett
"The novel by Joy Hewett explores the mutability of time and how memory plays a part in who we are."
—The News & Observer in Raleigh
"Spiritual and philosophical, the book has a lot of poetic passages... You can be reading along and be halted by admiration for a descriptive passage. There is a fluid perspective on the characters as they move through their lives. Blue Water White Sand projects a strong sense of time—time moving through people’s lives and people’s lives moving through time."
—Anna Washington, Sir Readalot
“Books tend to be either lyrically driven or plot driven—this book is both.”
When Debra Bishop’s ex-husband, a treasure hunter, dies mysteriously, she and longtime friend Sandy Perkins reunite in Key West for an unexpected adventure. Debra’s daughter Melody insists they join her for his memorial service and reading of the will where they encounter two more former wives, a devious stepson, and the mischief left behind by the man they once knew.
With a little humor and a dash of danger, the three women end up on a search for a jade goddess and hidden treasure. While the two baby boomers explore intertwined memories, they must come to terms with choices they made and loves they lost along the way. All three women reveal surprising secrets in the confrontations with their pasts and each other.
From Honduras to Florida, Hawaii, California, and North Carolina, this story moves through lush descriptions of nature, both on land and underwater. Blue Water White Sand explores the mutability of time, how the past is present with us now, and how memory plays a part in who we are.
Born in Louisville, Georgia, Joy Hewett earned an MA in creative writing at UNC-Wilmington. She taught English and literature in community colleges in Hawaii and North Carolina. As a freelance writer, she focused on the environment and women, including a column “Today’s Woman” for the Wilmington Star-News and nature articles in Tidewater magazine and other publications. She now lives with her critters in Chatham County, North Carolina, and draws inspiration from the Haw River that flows nearby.