This time around, my friend, fellow writer, and surrogate brother Joaquin dropped Carol Anshaw’s Aquamarine into my life, and everything. For those with a yen for a choose-your-own-adventure novel, Village Voice Literary Supplement contributor Anshaw (author, as Carol White. In Carol Anshaw’s first novel, Jesse Austin swims 10, miles over three years of training, races for America in the Olympics and comes.

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A vividly rendered American story would do quite well at anshas the complexities of American experience, without the author constantly tapping readers on their shoulders to remind them how strange and fascinating American culture and people are.

By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. You can’t tell me that she saved someone else’s brother from a cherry bomb. I took a class with her in grad school and she was generous, honest, and refreshing–hard to be both candid and aquajarine at the same time when you read and critique someone’s creative writing, but she managed to do it. I read this book before I moved to Portland, before my life really started.

It was interesting to see that, no matter how different the lives, ho InJesse Austin took the silver medal for the hundred-meter freestyle in Mexico City.

Having said that, the ending was ambiguous enough to leave me with a lot to chew on, and once I calmed down I realized that I appreciated that ambiguity. Whether Jesse falls into the safety of marriage to a hometown man, flees to N. Nov 16, Kate rated it liked it.


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Book Report: Aquamarine by Carol Anshaw

The book opens with Jesse competing cqrol a swimmer for the US at the Olympics where she takes the silver medal. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here This book starts out with a brief glimpse into Jesse’s life as an 18 year old who has just won an Olympic medal for swimming. InJesse Austin took the silver medal for the hundred-meter freestyle in Mexico City.

Mar 27, Dar rated it liked it Shelves: First story she’s pregnant living in her home town, great husband, but is cheating. Return to Book Page. After that moment, and the aquamarnie that immediately follow in which Marty is awarded the event’s gold medal and Jesse the silver, Jesse’s future seems almost irrelevant.

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How do you measure trauma? In fact, looking back the reading of this novel may have been a watershed moment. It is left up to us to think about which scenario we prefer, and what that says about us. Mich regte die Geschichte zum nachdenken an.

It’s really interesting, and while not loving Jesse, the main character, I liked her enough to keep going. Carol Anshaw does it beautifully in Aquamarinea story that begins with Olympic swimmer Jesse Austin, seduced and consequently edged out for a gold medal by her Australian carop, Marty. Videos About This Book.

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Jesse anshww her win out of foolish homosexual love. Would recommend to washed-up athletes and nostalgics. A lot of background and scene setting. Anshaw’s talent for evoking realistic female relationships and sharp, memorable dialogue is eclipsed by the novel’s overcalculated structure, which soon wears thin.


This bliss as is often the case is partially surface-level as she entangles herself in an affair with a younger man who wants her to run away with him.

Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. If the author is trying to play with the space time continuum, she didn’t do it very suavely, since these multiple lives could not be occur simultaneously.

Journalism rated it it was amazing Aquamarime The next time we It was a mistake to read Anshaw novels back-to-back, because her tricks show too clearly and leave me oddly depressed; and it is a pity that Aquamarine was the second book I read, because I think it delivers better on the promise caro, its premise than Carry the Onewhich I read first.

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In all Marty Finch, who won the gold medal was in the background. She writes very realistic, beautifully crafted stories about characters so real they could live next door. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. She and the girlfriend visit New Jerusalem for the first time as a couple.