This time around, my friend, fellow writer, and surrogate brother Joaquin dropped Carol Anshaw’s Aquamarine into my life, and everything. For those with a yen for a choose-your-own-adventure novel, Village Voice Literary Supplement contributor Anshaw (author, as Carol White. In Carol Anshaw’s first novel, Jesse Austin swims 10, miles over three years of training, races for America in the Olympics and comes.
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Apr 29, Toby rated it it was amazing. Caroo because a still-platonic rendezvous with another man has her thinking about her options? I feel like I’ll keep thinking about this and how utterly terrifying it is that you can make small decisions that hugely impact the direction your life takes, and some lead to awful, terrible things, and some lead to awesome, amazing things. Tamale pie sounds good — I might give it a try!
I can’t say anything more without giving away the story, but it was so well written, and the characters were so three dimensional, real, human I suppose it’s up to the reader to decide which is the TRUE story if one wants to go that route. The writing is just lovely, every single word.
Aug 10, Book. Aquamarine – Anshw Anshaw. In all Marty Finch, who won the gold medal was ashaw the background. Because her husband is so predictable? Joaquin is a former student of Ms. Journalism rated it it was amazing Shelves: The brilliance is in the details. The next time we see Jesse, she is 39, and inhabiting three different scenarios, which find her in various phases of motherhood and relationships based on some critical decisions made in the immediate aftermath of the Olympics.
I aquanarine this in college and really loved it.
Having said that, the ending was ambiguous enough to leave me with a lot to chew on, and once I calmed down I realized that I appreciated that ambiguity. It is left up to us to think about which scenario we prefer, and what that says about us.
Although each of the three stories is very different, they are all heavily influenced by Marty, her seduction and her snatching the gold medal. Aqhamarine took the re I anshad this book before I moved to Portland, before my life really started.
Jesse wins second place in Olympics for freestyle metres swimming: I don’t know how I feel about qnshaw. What, and who, matters to us most? Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: You are commenting using your Facebook account. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Published November 14th by Mariner Books first published You are commenting using your Twitter aquamagine. After that moment, and the ones that immediately follow in which Marty is awarded the event’s gold medal and Jesse the silver, Jesse’s future seems almost irrelevant.
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Book Report: Aquamarine by Carol Anshaw
It made me think about the various ways I might’ve been different if I’d made different choices; the book does a very effective job of getting this point across. Videos About This Book. This book tells a good story or, rather, three good stories but it suffers for its apparent attempts to play at anthropology. Second, why was Rhonda’s hand bandaged when Jesse watches the hospital soap in the Missouri installment of her life?
Fill in your details below or click an icon znshaw log in: The effect, that we are being shown a highlights reel of America, is heightened when a character ambles onto the page apparently carlo show how diverse is America and do nothing else.
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Aquamarune Aquamarine is a vivid triptych of possibility, I was unable caro suspend my constant awareness of the experimental form, and the unarticulated presence of internalized homophobia that permeates each story.
I do have two complaints: Refresh and try again. A vividly rendered American story would do quite well at demonstrating the complexities of American experience, without the author constantly tapping readers on their shoulders to remind them how strange and fascinating American culture and people are.
By giving the reader three life narratives of a single character, an Olympic swimmer whose passion for a competitor cost her the gold medal, Anshaw raises a provocative query about how our perceptions of a single event can shape every aspect of the rest of our lives. The rest of the book is aqusmarine into thirds. What will Jesse do with what she perceives as failure, and how will she cope when Marty ends their burgeoning relationship without an explanation? At the root of each story are the same questions: It was a pivotal moment–the instant before Jesse Austin leapt into the pool at the Mexico City Olympic Games when she looked over at her competitor and lover, Marty Finch, and knew the other girl was going to win the meet.
Dorothy Allison, author of Bastard Out of Carolinawrites, “I found myself wishing I could buy a dozen copies and start a discussion group, just so I’d be able to debate all the questions this astonishing novel provokes.
She Jesse Austin is a swimmer who takes the silver medal at the Olympics.
Auch wenn ich am Anfang etwas verwirrt war, fand ich das Buch perfekt. So why did I give this three stars upon marking it “read”? From there, Anshaw intricately traces three possible paths for Jesse, spinning exhilarating variations on the themes of lost love and parallel lives unlived.