The Odd Sea

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Dell, 1999 - Fiction - 214 pages
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One sunny spring morning, 16-year-old Ethan Shumway walks down his gravel driveway, turns the bend, and vanishes without a trace. A gifted athlete and musician, he leaves behind a wake of family and friends desperately searching for him, trying to make sense of what has happened. Unfolding through the eyes of Ethan's younger brother, Philip, who observes the world with a heartbreaking savvy and a nearly irresistible level of feeling, the story slowly weaves its way into the fabric of the family as it explores the power and the fragility of youth, and the bonds and fissures of family as the Shumways search for understanding in the unbearable presence of loss.

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Reiken is a great writer, and I relaly liked this book. - Goodreads
Touching and insightful writing. - Goodreads
Rick was a writing teacher of mine at Emerson. - Goodreads
The concluding chapter also changes in pace. - Goodreads
On top of all that there was no ending! - Goodreads

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User Review  - Cindy - Goodreads

This was a look into a family suffering a tragic loss without any confirmation of that loss. I think the most heart-rending thing about it was the lack of evidence that something happened to Ethan. An ... Read full review

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User Review  - Susan - Goodreads

A wonderful story that unfolds the different ways people deal with pain/loss. Frederick Reiken ends the story in a way that does bring it to a conclusion, but not from the expected perspective. Read full review


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Frederick Reiken holds a B.A. from Princeton and an M.F.A. from the University of California, Irvine. His first novel, The Odd Sea, was chosen by Booklist as one of the 20 Best First Novels of the Year and won the Hackney Literary Award. He lives in Boston and teaches graduate writing classes at Emerson College.

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