Set in 1937, this is the story of the romance between an engineer who chooses to work for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), and a local woman who is a single mother. “Watershed is a novel about change in many forms―personal, technological, and societal―and it handles them all with aplomb. A quintessentially American story of invention and reinvention in hard times, it reveals Barr as a writer of uncommon grace, skill, and promise.”―Doug Dorst. "Fluidly paced, unsettling yet graceful, Watershed is a riveting debut that never lets up. Barr packs these pages with incident and character and a deep emotional intelligence; this is one of those rare novels that hit you with such startling clarity that the events of the story feel like your own memories." - Kelly Luce. This is the first novel of Mark Barr, who lives in Arkansas and describes himself as a person who develops software and bakes bread.
Spartanburg, South Carolina: Hub City Books, 2019. 304 pages. Hardback in dust jacket.