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Salt Water In the summer of 1963 I 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 exuisite flirts shatter the calm Michael experiences the provocative mysteries and the conseuences 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

About the Author: Charles Simmons

Charles Simmons American clergyman and author

10 thoughts on “Salt Water

  1. says:

    This was a uick read Not a modern style it's a retelling of Turgenev's First Love which I haven't read but will Somehow I never got into the main character a young boy falling in love for the first time The story is told in a very distant manner As a reader I got the sense of the people around the boy on the island but I never cared much about any of them I don't know if that's a problem for me as a reader or for the writ

  2. says:

    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 i

  3. says:

    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

  4. says:

    Very well written think of it as literary beach reading The characters were well drawn and it kept me engaged uick read

  5. says:

    Very good a fast read

  6. says:

    I adored this little book

  7. says:

    Beautiful spare prose and a haunting story

  8. says:

    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 childr

  9. says:

    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 f

  10. says:

    This book was better than I had expected Very atmospheric interesting characters And uite 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 in detail or the aftermath

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