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I came across this slender novel in a used bookstore and had a vague recollection that it d been recommended to me, by someone, at some time Maybe I wasn t sure Still, I thought it d be worth taking a chance on a story that starts with this first line In the summer of 1963 I fell in love and my father died The voice in this novel is lovely, with prose that s direct and almost matter of fact, yet somehow also poetic The story itself is compelling and the characters charmingly flawed A re I came across this slender novel in a used bookstore and had a vague recollection that it d been recommended to me, by someone, at some time Maybe I wasn t sure Still, I thought it d be worth taking a chance on a story that starts with this first line In the summer of 1963 I fell in love and my father died The voice in this novel is lovely, with prose that s direct and almost matter of fact, yet somehow also poetic The story itself is compelling and the characters charmingly flawed A read well worth the 5 used book gamble [[ E-pub ]] ☔ Salt Water ☔ In the summer ofI fell in love and my father drownedSo 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 I was immediately struck by the tone of this book It grabbed me and pulled me right in and I knew I was in for something melancholic but by the end I was not sad, rather I was blown away A simple story told brilliantly It left me with much to chew over Probably the best book I ve read so far this year. Very well written, think of it as literary beach reading The characters were well drawn and it kept me engaged Quick read. Very good a fast read Very good a fast read I adored this little book. Beautiful spare prose and a haunting story. This slim novel is a contemporary retelling of Turgenev s classic tale First Love, which I have not read and therefor can make no comparison It takes place during a summer spent at a summer house on an isolated island off the coast It is the summer when the main character falls in love for the first time at the age of fifteen Amid the tale of love and coming of age, the narrative explores the dynamics of family relationships, the way marriage evolves and eventually ebbs as children grow, an This slim novel is a contemporary retelling of Turgenev s classic tale First Love, which I have not read and therefor can make no comparison It takes place during a summer spent at a summer house on an isolated island off the coast It is the summer when the main character falls in love for the first time at the age of fifteen Amid the tale of love and coming of age, the narrative explores the dynamics of family relationships, the way marriage evolves and eventually ebbs as children grow, and the shifting nature of emotions that don t often occur in seismic waves, but rather in small sometimes unnoticed tremors The writing style captures this as well with its carefully constructed telling and what it chooses to reveal and conceal Though there s nothing earth shattering about this book, I would even venture to characterize it as a quiet novel, though I hate that term, it is well done If anything, I felt that the quiet style lessened the potential emotional impact of the story Oddly enough, I started reading it without knowing anything about it About a third of the way through, I looked to see when it was written because it felt very much like a late 90s style of novel, and sure enough, it was It s funny how enough time has passed that there is a definitive feel to books written during those years to make them identifiable It reminded me of novels from Louise Erdrich and Kirsty Gunn, though perhaps less compelling Enjoyable and quick This was one of those deceivingly simple reads only 175 pages with a seemingly simple writing style and plot However, the sparse prose style belies some deep themes and I found myself going back and re reading sections to draw out clues and ideas I missed the first time around It reminds me of Summer of 42 which I m going to re read as it would be written by Ernest Hemingway It would make a great movie, with Susan Sarandon as Mrs Mertz Donald Rogus, I think you d appreciate this book I This was one of those deceivingly simple reads only 175 pages with a seemingly simple writing style and plot However, the sparse prose style belies some deep themes and I found myself going back and re reading sections to draw out clues and ideas I missed the first time around It reminds me of Summer of 42 which I m going to re read as it would be written by Ernest Hemingway It would make a great movie, with Susan Sarandon as Mrs Mertz Donald Rogus, I think you d appreciate this book I found myself wishing I could teach it in a high school English class This book was better than I had expected Very atmospheric, interesting characters And quite a few good insights into being young and hopeful, about love and sex, relationships and marriage, and growing old I recommend it One star off for being a bit short and thus not developing the climax of the story indetail or the aftermath.