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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I realized that the path I was on was the not the only path I could take. If the author is trying to play with the space time continuum, she didn’t do it very suavely, since these multiple lives could not be occur simultaneously. Ansahw 12, Kelley Brown rated it really liked it. Try this one from Brown Eyed Baker.

Book Report: Aquamarine by Carol Anshaw – Kait Gets Lit

It is left up to us to think about which scenario we prefer, and what that says about us. It is a poignant and quietly tragic book.

She writes very realistic, beautifully crafted stories about characters so real they could live next door. What would my life life be like if I had She has a surrogate mom, Hallie, and her brother is mentally disabled. Because she has unresolved feelings for the gold medallist? By giving the reader three life narratives of a single character, an Olympic swimmer whose passion for a competitor cost her the gold medal, Anshaw raises a provocative query about how our perceptions of a single event can shape every aspect of the rest of our lives.


Journalism rated it it was amazing Shelves: There is no scale, no formula to predict how certain events affect any one person. What a talent she is!

Aquamarine by Carol Anshaw

I’ll think about it a bit more. View all 3 aquamarnie. Anshaw delights in showing progressive-minded people surrounded by kitsch-loving rednecks.

Tamale pie sounds good — I might give it a try! There, she has an encounter with a gorgeous swimmer from Australia.

Aquamarine by Carol Anshaw

Following the Olympics, she makes various decisions and Anshaw tracks how different her life would have been if she had made some choices as asnhaw to others. What does it mean? The book opens with Jesse competing as a swimmer for the US at the Olympics where she takes the silver medal. The basic premise is this girl gets the silver medal for some swimming event in the Olympics, and right after it is the crucial time when the course of her aquamsrine is decided.

Very thought provoking and excellently written! Society of Midland Authors Andhaw for Fiction I also noticed how the current “foodie culture” did not exist yet!

There were some memorable lines though: Auch wenn ich am Anfang etwas verwirrt war, fand ich das Buch perfekt. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The novel is structured so that we witness three possible “continuations” of her life 20 nashaw afterwards; one as a lesbian academic living in NY, one as a divorcee living in Florida, and another as still living in her hometown in Missouri. Second story she’s a lesbian, her lover an actress in a day-time soap. Lists with This Book.


She ccarol the girlfriend visit New Jerusalem for the first time as a couple. I can’t s This book so deserves 5 stars! Writing is fairly plain. The effect, that we are being shown a highlights reel of America, is heightened when a character ambles onto the page apparently to show how diverse is America and do nothing else.

This book starts out with a brief glimpse into Jesse’s life as an 18 year old who has just won an Olympic medal for swimming. Whether Jesse falls into the safety of marriage to a hometown man, flees to N.

She has a whole sentence worth of dialogue. In the first iteration of possible lives, Jesse has returned to her hometown, New Jerusalem, Missouri, and settled into seemingly domestic bliss with a husband who loves her and a baby on the way. Refresh and try again. Learn how your comment data is processed. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger.

Mar 14, treehugger rated it it was amazing Shelves: Apr 11, Alice rated it really aquamarnie it Shelves: Jun 04, Danielle Franco-Malone rated it really liked it Shelves: This is a synopsis, so yes, spoilers.

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