The Sea of Light

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Untreed Reads Publishing, LLC, Sep 18, 2012 - Fiction - 271 pages
The Sea of Light is a wise, beautiful, and very American story of three women and their desire to excel and win - and heal one another - in the highly charged world of athletic competition. Angelita is the hurricane that brings down a plane carrying a team of star-quality swimmers, groomed from childhood to compete at the international level. Babe Delgado is a young Cuban-American woman, presumed dead, who is rescued from the crash. Fifty-one hours in the Atlantic have left her scarred in body and spirit, afraid to compete again. Brenna Allen is a tough, driven swim coach at a small university, grieving for a lover lost to cancer. She finds solace in building her own winning team, driving her overworked captain, Ellie Marks, ever harder. Ellie is a child of holocaust survivors, struggling to own herself and her sexuality as hard as she's working to win. Brenna recruits Babe, promising to help her rebuild her damaged body, strength, and will. The Sea of Light is a story of wins, losses, and passions in a world where destiny and magic interfere with victory, where families are forced to reconcile with private hurts and false dreams, and where a redemptive, healing love between women - erotic and overwhelmingly intimate - stands in stark contrast to the expectations of the world. A sensitive, powerful tale of self-discovery, sexual identity, and violent emotions unleashed by sudden disaster, this novel is sure to command attention and acclaim.

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User Review  - Sandra_Berglund - LibraryThing

Good job tracking the minds of several different characters who look at the same situations from varying points of view. Intellectually engaging. For me, the saddest story was not that of the ... Read full review


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Ambitious new fiction from Levin (Shimoni's Lover, 1987, etc.) degenerates, despite some vivid writing, into a mawkish—and always politically correct—paean to the redemptive power of love ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Jenifer Levin is known for her novels Water Dancer (nominated for the PEN/Hemingway Award),Snow, Shimoni’s Lover, The Sea of Light (nominated for the Lambda Literary Award in Fiction), and her short story collection Love and Death, & Other Disasters. Her essays and short fiction are widely anthologized. She has also contributed feature articles to the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Rolling Stone, among others. One of the first openly gay authors to be published in the mainstream press, the Washington Post named her part of the “lesbian literati”.

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