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In the summer of 1963 I fell in love and my father drowned....So begins this luminous story of a young man's passage through the dark turns of adult passion. A contemporary retelling of Turgenev's classic tale "First Love," Salt Water is set against a summer landscape of water, sand, and sky, and relates in seductive detail the momentous events that changed a family forever.

On an isolated island off the Atlantic coast, fifteen-year-old Michael and his parents begin their customary lazy vacation. When two exquisite flirts shatter the calm, Michael experiences the provocative mysteries and the consequences of various kinds of love — romantic and sensual, paternal and filial.

William Faulkner Award-winning author Charles Simmons explores the very heart of the human need to be wanted, the intricacies of the father-son bond, and a boy's adolescence in all of its desires, confusion, and heartbreak.

Review:

"A small masterpiece. Simmons has found the perfect, delicate, elegiac voice." The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"A simple and spellbinding novel...grimly enchanting....A powerful, 20th-century tragedy of an American family." The Wall Street Journal

Review:

"A riveting story of youthful innocence consumed by betrayal. Remarkably enthralling and agonizingly revealing....Simmons...maneuvers unfalteringly between each of his characters....The book's opening line leads like a wick into a powder keg of unexpected consequences. Simply spellbinding." Booklist

Review:

"A little saga of adolescence...a perfectly-cut gem of its kind." Kirkus Review

About the Author

Charles Simmons is the author of four previous novels: the William Faulkner Award-winner Powdered Eggs, An Old-Fashioned Darling, Wrinkles, and The Belles Lettres Papers. Formerly an editor of The New York Times Book Review for more than two decades, he lives in New York City and on eastern Long Island.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780671035679
Author:
Simmons, Charles
Publisher:
Washington Square Press
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Non-Classifiable
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Fathers and sons
Subject:
Teenage boys
Subject:
First loves
Subject:
First loves -- Fiction.
Subject:
Bildungsromane.
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Series Volume:
no. 98-10
Publication Date:
July 1999
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.31 in 8.4 oz

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Product details 176 pages Pocket Books - English 9780671035679 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A small masterpiece. Simmons has found the perfect, delicate, elegiac voice."
"Review" by , "A simple and spellbinding novel...grimly enchanting....A powerful, 20th-century tragedy of an American family."
"Review" by , "A riveting story of youthful innocence consumed by betrayal. Remarkably enthralling and agonizingly revealing....Simmons...maneuvers unfalteringly between each of his characters....The book's opening line leads like a wick into a powder keg of unexpected consequences. Simply spellbinding."
"Review" by , "A little saga of adolescence...a perfectly-cut gem of its kind."
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