In these fluidly interwoven stories, Linda Svendsen charts—with tenderness and devastating accuracy—the longings, pleasures, and terrors of belonging to a family. Through the watchful and sometimes astonished eyes of Adele Nordstrom, we view the members of her chaotic, working-class home in Vancouver: her womanizing brother, Ray; her self-destructive sister, Joyce; and her mother, June, a cocktail pianist who believes that a bad marriage is better than no marriage at all.
Svendsen’s book paints a tender, piercing portrait of a girl growing up—capturing with perfect clarity the intensity of love, hate, and pain in a contemporary family. A major motion picture based on Marine Life, directed by the award-winning Anne Wheeler and starring Cybill Shepherd, was released in 2000.
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MARINE LIFEUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
A debut collection of eight linked stories more or less supports the notion that ``there are no happy marriages...only unexamined ones.'' And these tales of incest, suicide, cancer, alcoholism ... Read full review