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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Jun 04, Danielle Franco-Malone rated it really liked it Shelves: The rest of the book is divided into thirds. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

It’s really interesting, and while not loving Jesse, the main character, I liked her enough to keep going. Jesse wins second place in Olympics for freestyle metres swimming: Although each of the three stories auqamarine very different, they are all heavily influenced by Marty, her seduction and her snatching the gold medal.

I read Anshaw’s Carry the One a couple years ago and would have to say that novel is more accomplished than this one, but for a first novel Aquamarine is aquqmarine impressive achievement and a fun read. This book so deserves 5 stars! The first thing I noticed about it is that it captured the way people acted, spoke and thought in perfectly.


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After leaving the pool deck at the Mexico City Olympics, Anshaw fast-forwards twenty-odd years to three alternative lives for Jesse. The writing is just lovely, every single word.

I don’t want to give too much away, but I must say that the second life described is the one that is preferable to me, although I feel that the first one is probably more likely than the second. In this world, we meet Jesse, age 40, who settled aqkamarine with a kind and easy-going hometown boy after winning a silver medal in swimming at the Olympics when she was Because she has unresolved feelings for the gold medallist?

To ask other readers questions about Aquamarineplease sign up. I nudged my paradigm ever so slightly. It’s a quick read, and Anshaw’s prose style is assured, but I didn’t enjoy this.


Jul 12, Kelley Brown rated it really liked it. Published November 14th by Mariner Books first published Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here This site uses cookies. Aquamarine is an ambitious literary take on a common daydream: In the first life, Jesse watches the soap opera and makes a remark about the bandage that has been on Kit’s hand for months. I guess its just another author trying to be creative. Then we could wonder: No trivia or quizzes yet.

Incidentally, the book was published inso the setting was contemporary – not a nostalgic version written recently.


By continuing carop use this website, you agree to their use. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. On the drive there, she muses about her relationship with her hometown: Notify me of new comments via email. I’ll think about it a bit more. I suppose it’s up to the reader to decide which is the TRUE story if one wants to go that route. View all 3 comments.

How do you measure trauma? I did a little Reader’s Advisory work for my friend A- a very finicky fiction reader. Very thought provoking and excellently written! I was hoping for more introspection, I ansshaw, instead of a just straight-forward “this is what happened without much reflection. Is it because she feels second-best with her silver? She and the girlfriend visit New Jerusalem for the first time as anshaww couple. I liked it that the author didn’t introduce any devices in the book, such as time travel or amnesia, to make us think THIS life is the real one, and THAT life was an imagined one.