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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Anshaw likes to give her readers flawed characters, and Jessie certainly is that. Apr 29, Toby rated it it was amazing. I don’t know how I feel about this. It is a poignant and quietly tragic book.


I loved many things about this book. Mich regte die Geschichte zum nachdenken an. I recommend looking into Anshaw’s work; doesn’t seem like she gets much attention in the popular and literary presses. 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.

Jesse and her mother don’t get along well in all stories. 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.

Joaquin is a former student of Ms. 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. Journalism rated it it was amazing Shelves: The final story, very short, she goes to Australia to meet up with Marty Finch again. 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.


She deals with failure, betrayal, crushed hopes, insecurity and loneliness, but Anshaw’s subtlety and light hand ensure that the story doesn’t become dark and depressing.

Lists with This Book. Incidentally, the book was published inso the setting was contemporary – not a nostalgic version written recently. Apr 11, Alice rated it really liked it Shelves: In her second life, Jesse has wound up an English professor in New York with a live-in actress girlfriend. After leaving the pool deck at the Mexico City Olympics, Anshaw fast-forwards twenty-odd years to three alternative lives for Jesse.

The book took place during the pre-Internet Although I try not to bring home too many discarded books from the library, this was among the few I let in. Carol Anshaw born March is an American novelist and short story writer. Olympic swimmer Jesse Austin is seduced and consequently edged out for a gold medal by her Australian rival. Nov 16, Kate rated it liked it. One tends to feel compassionate towards Jesse’s situation, but not overly melodramatically so. Und das Zitat von oben ist der Leitsatz zu allen drei Perspektiven.

You can’t tell me that she saved someone else’s brother from a cherry bomb. It’s a story about an Olympic swimmer and the many paths fleshed out that her life could have taken after the fateful day in the Olympic pool when she competed for the gold medal. I liked the last part where she takes on the other swimmer, but the last couple of lines left me wondering.


I looked up this book, figuring I might read it some day.

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To ask other readers questions about Aquamarineplease sign up. Or do all roads eventually lead here? She had a brief acquaintance with this geography aquamaine, but getting worked up about it does no good at all.

Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. I don’t want to explain any more. Each one is a snapshot of Jesse’s life as a 39 year old and each is an equally feasible, completely different way her life could have turned out lesbian living in New York, adulterous mot Loved it!! There were some memorable lines ansbaw You are commenting using your Facebook account.

Dec 27, Kari rated it it was amazing. The narrative felt distanced; not sure how to explain.

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