This gorgeous first novel comes highly recommended by all
reviewers, with just a few nitpick comments. For example Library Journal
says 'Unfortunately, when it comes to his sexual awakening,
the novel declines into juvenile mediocrity that contrasts sharply with the
remainder of this exquisite tale;' and Kirkus Reviews feels that 'Miles is just too resourceful for the reader to
believe his happiness...is ever at stake. But when
Miles is on the water, Lynch's first novel becomes a stunning light show, both
literal, during phosphorescent plankton blooms, and metaphorical, in the
poetic fireworks Lynch's prose sets off as he describes his clearly beloved
Puget Sound. A celebratory song of the sea.'
In short, this is definitely a book to browse if you enjoy discovering new authors and especially if you find yourself drawn to the sea and all that lives in it. As always, you can browse a substantial (and, I believe, exclusive) excerpt at BookBrowse now.
This review is from the September 1, 2005 issue of BookBrowse Recommends. Click here to go to this issue.
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