I read most of "Deep End OF the Ocean" holding my breath. This was an astounding book, deep, and beautiful and frightning in its scope. I was very excited to find a follow up book by the same author. I took it with me on a 5 day cruise.
J. Michard is a fantastic author, I have enjoyed most of her books. This book bored me for the first half. I plodded along trying to finish the first 4 hours, thinking it has to get better. Around the mid-mark there was a twist, I don't want to spoil it for you. This is when the author went over the top, and lost touch with reality. Many of the details were inconsistant, with information earlier in the book. I found it unrealistic, and candy sweet. So sweet it set my teeth on edge. I hated the narrators male voices, all gravely and difficult to listen to. I will make sure I don't get any more books narrated by her. But I will read Ms Michards next book, in print, from the library.
This is a lovely, lyrical book about growing up in a small town, as part of the "out" group in high school. Mr Conroy has a lyrical, poetic mastery of words. As I read he evokes those memories, those feelings of not belonging, and trying to deal with the love or lack of love within a family, and moving past life changing events.
The story moves back and forth between the past and present. I found it easy to follow, and enjoyed understanding what happened to the characters as they matured. Some of it is a little unusual but the story is descriptive, and lovely. It is always interesting. I purchased it to keep it in my library and enjoy listening to it over and over.
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