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Interviews | March 17, 2014

Shawn Donley: IMG Peter Stark: The Powells.com Interview

Peter StarkIt's hard to believe that 200 years ago, the Pacific Northwest was one of the most remote and isolated regions in the world. In 1810, four years... Continue »
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The Highest Tide by Jim Lynch
The Highest Tide

leb1231, April 4, 2007

This book's got me writing my beau mashnotes covered in entanged squid staring longingly into the other's eye.

Miles O'Malley is a nice kid -- a good kid and a smart kid. He takes shockingly good care of the decrepit old lady who lives on the beach, and he's got a reverent, encyclopedic understanding of the aquatic ecosystem at his doorstep. Of course, all of his kindness and intelligence can't save him from or prepare him for the chaos of adolescence; I finished this book in less than 24 hours because he's sympathetic and charming as he struggles to understand & cope with divorce, dying, and the bizarre deep-sea wildlife that keeps washing up in the bay.

I love coming-of-age novels, and this one hit the spot; the powerful juxtaposition of the mysteries of the ocean and the mysteries of adolescence has left me in greater awe of both. I closed this book with a wistful smile on the my face & some Rachel Carson on my reading list.
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