Monday, November 17, 2008
Between the Tides
Patti Callahan Henry
On her 30th birthday Catherine "Cappy" Leary is feeling a bit out of sorts. Her boyfriend has apparently forgotten her birthday, she still hasn't scattered her father's ashes, and a former boyfriend has just come knocking on the door. He wants her to spend the weekend in Seaboro, her childhood home, a place she hasn't returned to since she was 12 and tragedy struck. It's also where her father wants his ashes scattered.
Reluctantly, Catherine agrees to the trip. As she struggles with the return to her beloved hometown and saying goodbye to her father, Catherine also encounters old childhood friends and memories. While many of the secrets that are uncovered can be seen coming from 50 pages away, this is still a good story. Its strength is in its setting...this book is an ode to the Lowcountry of South Carolina. Its weakness is Cappy and her poor orphan me attitude that wears a little thin after awhile...and its quick ending. However, it was still an enjoyable way to pass a few hours.