The Day the Falls Stood Still is an epic love story in one sense. It is set in the Niagara Falls area during World War I, and centers on a family who has fallen on hard times, a disgraced father, and a resulting tragedy.
The setting, however, is the “real” story to me. It is loosely based on a historical figure and details the history of the falls during the beginning of hydro-electrical power. It outlines the struggle between those wanting to preserve the falls, the environmentalists of the day, and those wanting to harness the falls for electricity. The argument for development is based on progress and jobs in a depressed economy, along with industrial greed.
This first novel by Cathy Buchanan is a satisfying combination of history and a good, almost old fashioned, family story set against the backdrop of Niagara Falls.
The Day the Falls Stood Still