At the Water's Edge Characters

Sara Gruen
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Maddie Hyde

Maddie is the young wife of Ellis Hyde. She had a brutal childhood, beginning with her mother's very public indiscretion. Maddie's mother, Vivian, left Maddie behind when she went away with a married man. The couple were eventually forced to return and the man was accepted back into their social circles, though Vivian was always a source of gossip. At home, Vivian clung to Maddie who spent hours trying to take care of her mother. One night, her parents argued and her mother rushed to her room, fully expecting Maddie to follow as she usually did. This time Maddie didn't go to her mother until much later and discovered that Vivian had committed suicide. Maddie's father was never affectionate and they had little to say to each other.

Maddie's life was lonely because everyone knew that her mother was obviously facing mental issues. Vivian's suicide made Maddie...

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