Afloat

Afloat➽ [Download] ✤ Afloat By Jennifer McCartney ➲ – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk Mackinac island is on the Great Lakes in the American Midwest Just nine miles round, it has golf courses, expensive restaurants, no cars and plenty of rich people And for the summer of , it has Bell, Mackinac island is on the Great Lakes in the American Midwest Just nine miles round, it has golf courses, expensive restaurants, no cars and plenty of rich people And for the summer of , it has Bell, a student, employed to serve the wealthy Bell and her fellow waiters and waitresses sample the delights of this earthly paradise luxurious yachts, alcohol, horse drawn carriages and they can t help but come to know each other intimatelyBut this knowledge comes at a price For they have each carried with them secrets from the outside world that will not be left behindA superb debut which offers an exquisitely distilled exploration of North american material and spiritual values and equally a riveting story of love, betrayal and survival. My review ran in The Peterborough Examiner and was reprinted in The New York Review of Science Fiction.AFLOAT by Jennifer McCartneyHamish Hamilton Penguin BooksMarch, 2007 29.00 HCISBN 0 241 1434 46Review by Ursula Pflug501 wordsJennifer McCartney s debut novel Afloat is a story of young love, loss, work, extreme weather patterns, drinking, old age and the wisdom and infirmity that come with it.Heroine Bell has garnered a summer position as a server at a posh resort on Mackinac Island in Lake M My review ran in The Peterborough Examiner and was reprinted in The New York Review of Science Fiction.AFLOAT by Jennifer McCartneyHamish Hamilton Penguin BooksMarch, 2007 29.00 HCISBN 0 241 1434 46Review by Ursula Pflug501 wordsJennifer McCartney s debut novel Afloat is a story of young love, loss, work, extreme weather patterns, drinking, old age and the wisdom and infirmity that come with it.Heroine Bell has garnered a summer position as a server at a posh resort on Mackinac Island in Lake Michigan There are no vehicles so everyone gets around on bicycle or by horse drawn carriage Unfortunately this only serves to cover the entire town with a fine coating of powdered horse manure, except for the main tourist street which is washed down every day The kids live in a haunted dorm called The Pines.This is a novel about That Summer, the one that changes everything, the one you remember for the rest of your life for how it turned you into an adult It s the summer of your first big love affair, the first summer a close friend ever died, the summer that you keep forever in an envelope in your bedroom closet Then, when you are old, and your daughter helps you begin to clear out the house, you retrieve this envelope while waiting for a visit from someone you knew that summer, and haven t seen since.And when he arrives, he tells you things he has kept secret for fifty years, things that once again change everything.Meanwhile, the world gently falls apart in the background, weather growing bothextreme andrandom This is an undertone, and beautifully handled People adapt.Many such books have been written, but few so authentically Afloat doesn t read as autobiographical first fiction but something broader and deeper, as though the author transposed her memories of the feelings and experiences of that first step into the world onto a place and a set of characters so seamlessly that we know what they feel, because we felt it too, in a different time and place And, yes, Hamilton native McCartney worked in many resorts before revisiting higher education at The University of Glasgow Do I have any problems with this sensational novel, sure to be short listed for and probably land some major awards Well, there s slightly draggy bits describing work and middle age, but these are pretty accurate in their way In fact, I wondered whether McCartney did a lot of interviewing or is just able to project herself into the emotional life of an older person with such acuteness.More than one reviewer has compared this book to Audrey Niffenegger s The Time Traveller s Wife, and readers who loved that novel are sure to love this one too However, Afloat is the better book due to the precision and authentic poignancy of its insights Chick lit it s not.McCartney s only twenty seven Beyond her thematic universality, the particularities of her characters habits, their modes of dress and speech are as recognizably and finely wrought as if I were reading a book by one of my childrens peers Welcome to the next generation of writers This is the finest example of their craft I ve read yet.Ursula Pflug is the author of the novel Green Music and the short fiction collection After The Fires Her short fiction has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Zencore, Strange Horizons, Bandersnatch, The Best of Leviathan, Fantasy and Bamboo Ridge This book should be really so better known than it is It is so waiting for David Lynch to adapt into a movie perhaps we fans could start a campaign to do so It really does have all the moodiness, ambience, oddness, tenderness and most of all humanity of something like Twin Peaks crossed with Blue Velvet It stays with you for a long timethan well worth your time I ve been waiting for the author to write something else of the same calibre. I wasn t going to love this book I thought that it was stupid that the narrator s flashbacks took place in this era and that the present in the novel was actually the future.And then I finished the book and loved it I even cried a little I decided not to be nit picky and to just get over the fact that the author made the present the future Just one question Did Rummy die in that pile up at the end A good read, especially for younger readers. Not what I expected when I selected to read it Pleasantly surprised that it maintained my interest and prevented me from trying to look ahead. Well laid out book with interesting hometown feel of being set in Michigan The impact of life s events on the development of the journey on the life that is chosen Fantastic FictionIt is the summer of 2000 and Bell, a student from Minnesota, is employed at an elite restaurant on Mackinac Island With a circumference of just nine miles and no automobiles allowed, this unique resort on Lake Michigan is teeming with horse drawn carriages, top shelf vodka, bicycles, smoked whitefish and inspiring Well laid out book with interesting hometown feel of being set in Michigan The impact of life s events on the development of the journey on the life that is chosen Fantastic FictionIt is the summer of 2000 and Bell, a student from Minnesota, is employed at an elite restaurant on Mackinac Island With a circumference of just nine miles and no automobiles allowed, this unique resort on Lake Michigan is teeming with horse drawn carriages, top shelf vodka, bicycles, smoked whitefish and inspiring relationships Forty years later, Bell is stranded in her St Paul home clearing away the belongings of a lifetime while she awaits the arrival of a guest from that deceptively idyllic summer Afloat is an exquisitely distilled exploration of material and spiritual values and equally a riveting story of loyalty, betrayal and survival This is a book about young love, summer on a Mackinaw Island, drinking, aging, and decisions I thought the story line was great especially since I am from Michigan, but I gave it only 2 stars because the writing is something to be desired The sentences are often confusing and way out there At times, they don t even have anything to do with the story line, hence disrupting the flow and interest in the moment It shifts back and forth between the teenage years of working on the island in an eli This is a book about young love, summer on a Mackinaw Island, drinking, aging, and decisions I thought the story line was great especially since I am from Michigan, but I gave it only 2 stars because the writing is something to be desired The sentences are often confusing and way out there At times, they don t even have anything to do with the story line, hence disrupting the flow and interest in the moment It shifts back and forth between the teenage years of working on the island in an elite restuarant and the much later years of aging and difficulties with memory The story itself is a good one, but is at times difficult to get past the type of writing So boring for me I thought that Penguin couldn t have bad books, but I made a mistake.

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  • Hardcover
  • Afloat
  • Jennifer McCartney
  • English
  • 04 November 2017
  • 0241143446