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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LibraryThing ReviewUser 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
LibraryThing ReviewUser 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