Afloat Hardcover – Feb 27 2007
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About the Author
Jennifer McCartney is a Canadian novelist and short-story writer from Ontario. She has lived and worked in Ohio, Michigan, Utah, South Carolina, London and Glasgow, where she was awarded a distinction for her graduate degree in creative writing. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
From all the reviews it seems like it's taking off in the UK, but I'm told that it's just been released here in Canada. It should do well, if the following reviews (checking with Google) are anything to go by. Thank you.
Some reviews I found that can say what I wanted to say, better than me!:
The Times Literary Supplement, UK, March 9, 2007
'McCartney keeps the reader pleasurably engrossed, as eager as Bell to discover what really happened on Mackinac that summer. The most powerfully evoked tragedy, however, is a temporal one. The memories Bell cherishes from her youth are not things that actually happened but of "the possibilities ahead of me." A youth spent envisioning a future that, as Fitzgerald put it, "year by year recedes before us". Now relatively wealthy, living in the "right part of town", she devotes her time to an endless replaying of the past. Bell's inability to live comfortably within the present is poignant; it lends the humour and riotous drunkenness throughout this novel a disquieting, sombre edge.Read more ›