Book Review: The Highest Tide ~Jim Lynch
Yep! I read a lot of books. I even read books for FUN and this particularly book is right up there in the lot of fun category.
The book is a first novel by a local journalist, it is a national bestseller, it is a quirky coming of age tale, it is the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Annual Book Award Winner, it gives us an emotional ride that is pleasurable, and it is about my home turf.
It is not without lots of sex!
The Seattle Times says:
Unforgettable…In this classic coming-of-age story, told with wry wit and quirky mating-marine-life facts, nonfiction writer and first-time novelist Lynch has proved he can straddle the two forms…Finely paced and richly textured.
I love to laugh and this book just offered up good laughter and joy. Although this story covers the span of only one summer, many of the events happened within my lifetime of living very near this very spot. And to think, I almost lived right across the bay from this story and next door to the nude beach!
I started reading the story in the morning and finished it about 13 hours later, with a few meals and a massage in between. I can imagine all of my children reading this book and my mother would have enjoyed it too. There is an ocean’s depth in the character development – and it may be said that one of the main characters, Rachel Carson is deceased, and the other is Puget Sound.
The Santa Cruz Sentinel says:
Lynch has written a coming-of-age tale that has all the marks of a classic…A perfect book for young adults who sometimes feel like strangers in a strange land. Lynch reminds us that when we listen carefully – to nature and to each other – we hear wonderful things.
I give this charming book suggestion to you as a gift this Easter Weekend. I am hoping you will put it on your summer book list for the perfect read and enjoy it.
In many ways it is the perfect gift book as it knows no bounds – it offers a story in a very specific setting about a boy who sees things, who notices things, and brings about a great difference in the lives of others because of this. Mostly though, it is just a story, a perfectly wonderful and complete story, which should be only and entirely what every reader is looking for.
Next week I will be enjoying my book group gathering again and this is the selection we will be discussing.
What books are on your summer reading list? Do you have a favorite beach book?
What is your book group reading?
Please let me know if you are writing for the Writing Contests at workshops AT patriciaswisdom DOT com. At this point in time, I have not heard from enough people to complete the grant paperwork for the book. The publisher is changing the rules. I might still write the workbook, but now need to decide if I will do that just on my own. Thank you.
Here’s where to find out about the writing contests.