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I thought The Winter Vault by Anne Michaels was going to be a story  about the building of the Aswan dam and the subsequent flooding of the land, but nope, not at all.  I obviously didn’t pay as close attention to the story synopsis as I thought.  The story’s pivotal event does happen in Egypt,  where the husband of the main-character-couple is working on a project to save an ancient temple from the flood.  So the book was not what I was expecting or hoping for, but I did enjoy it, nonetheless.  If enjoy is the right word.  The story is rather heart-breaking, although happily, the ending leaves us hopeful.  It is not a light read; lots of detail, lots of emotion, lots of thought-provocation.  I’m not sure exactly how to summarize the essence of the story, except to say that it’s not so much a story as it is a depiction of the human journey, as seen through the lives of a husband and wife and the good, the bad and the ugly that they encounter along the way.

P.S.  If anyone can tell me the significance of the title, I’d be much obliged.  I got so engrossed, I forget to pay attention for that detail, and how annoying that I missed it!!