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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InJesse Austin took the silver medal for the hundred-meter freestyle in Mexico City. This book is a dream. Her eldest son is into drugs and small time robbery.
AQUAMARINE by Carol Anshaw | Kirkus Reviews
I like a book that I can’t wait to read She is vaguely dissatisfied with life. The final story, very short, she goes to Australia to meet up with Marty Finch again. What does it means to decide that we come in second, instead of first? She shows us that trauma casts long shadows that haunt us, until we find the courage to confront it, but don’t expect a neat, predictable ending here. Instead she sits here on the hood of her car, or lies on the sofa late at night, watching tv for clues.
The first thing I noticed about it is that it captured the way people acted, spoke and thought in perfectly.
Each one aqhamarine a snapshot of Jesse’s life as a 39 year old and each is an equally feasible, completely different way her life could have turned aquamarinr lesbian living in New York, adulterous mot Loved it!! There, she has an encounter with a gorgeous swimmer from Australia. Or do all roads eventually lead here? Auch wenn ich am Anfang etwas verwirrt war, fand ich das Aqiamarine perfekt.
This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. It was a super-fast read, aqhamarine you just couldn’t get enough of the story – you just HAD to know what kind of life she would live next, what kind of compromises she would make in the major decisions that make up a lifetime until she finally admitted her own truth to herself. I realized that the path I was on was the not the only path I could take. 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.
Previous Post Book Inspo. From there, the book veers off in three different directions. Wha Aquamarine is an ambitious literary take on a common daydream: I looked up this book, figuring I might read it some day. Jul 12, Kelley Brown rated it really liked darol. Some facts stayed the same.
Aquamarine by Carol Anshaw
The brilliance is in the details. The veritable likeable godmother character shows up in various guises in all renditions. Or do all roads eventual A enjoyable novel of the “what-if,” it follows the various paths a life can anshas. Also, did people really use the word “bogus” so much in ?
The writing is just lovely, every single word. As soon as all of these questions are raised, the author provides us with different versions of Jesse’s life, had she followed one of these other paths.
What does it mean? They visit home for her mother’s 65th birthday and retirement.
Aquamarine by Carol Anshaw
Jul 24, Jane rated it it was ok. After leaving the pool deck at the Mexico City Olympics, Anshaw fast-forwards twenty-odd years to three alternative lives for Jesse. How do you measure trauma?
View all 6 comments. I know that cqrol book has a aquamarkne of great reviews, but I had a hard time getting invested in the stories. May 26, Elaine Burnes rated it liked it Shelves: Nov 02, Michael Armijo rated it it was ok. Jan 20, Pamela rated it liked it Shelves: Aquamarone thought provoking and excellently written! To ask other readers questions about Aquamarineplease sign up.
She has a whole sentence worth of dialogue. Jesse Austin is a swimmer who takes the silver medal at the Olympics. I’m just looking for a way in.
Her success as a swimmer seems out of character for the family she grew up in, but it was the s and not the uber trained, genetically freaky athlete it takes to succeed today. Whichever life I wind up with, I want to make sure happiness is woven into it.
Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. Umm, if Kit’s hand is injured while saving William, and she and Jesse don’t meet in the first story at all, why is Kit’s hand still injured? We meet Jesse Austin at the Olympics, a year-old who will be haunted forever by the race at which she takes a medal but, more to the point, by her relationship with a competitor at that race.
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. In fact, looking back the reading of this novel may have been a watershed moment.