Salt Water

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Simon and Schuster, Jul 1, 1999 - Fiction - 176 pages
2 Reviews
In the summer of 1963 I fell in love and my father drowned....So 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 exquisite flirts shatter the calm, Michael experiences the provocative mysteries and the consequences 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.
 

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User Review  - jphamilton - LibraryThing

This is a strong, yet tender story that has one of the most intriguing first lines I've ever read: "In the summer of 1963 I fell in love and my father died." With this one line, I was hooked—I had to ... Read full review

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User Review  - SqueakyChu - LibraryThing

In a seaside house, fifteen-year-old Michael lives with his parents who seem to be struggling in their marriage. Life doesn’t get easier, at least for Michael’s mother, when two beautiful women, a mom ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
13
Section 2
21
Section 3
31
Section 4
39
Section 5
51
Section 6
63
Section 7
73
Section 8
81
Section 10
105
Section 11
115
Section 12
125
Section 13
135
Section 14
145
Section 15
153
Section 16
167
Section 17
173

Section 9
93

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About the author (1999)

Charles Simmons is the author of four previous novels: the William Faulkner Award-winner Powdered Eggs, An Old-Fashioned Darling, Wrinkles, and The Belles Lettres Papers. Formerly an editor of The New York Times Book Review for more than two decades, he lives in New York City and on eastern Long Island.

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