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Between the Tides

Monday, November 17, 2008

Between the Tides
Patti Callahan Henry
June 2007
352 pages

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.

8 comment(s):

Bogsider said...

Sounds like an okay read and something I may wanna buy in paperback or get from the library.


bermudaonion said...

You got me when you said it's an ode to the Lowcountry of South Carolina - I love it there.

Ramya said...

this sounds like a light read..something for a weekend afternoon when you don't want to read anything heavy.. but i must say that the cover is beautiful..

Dar said...

You had me at the Lowcountry of Southern Carolina too-I love novels set there. This sounds like a nice, light read and like Ramya said, the cover is beautiful.

Ti said...

Sometimes nice and light is all that is needed. Thanks for the review. Beautiful cover.

Book Zombie (Joanne) said...

This sounds like the kind of light-reading I would enjoy.

I am getting completely sick of most light books being so fashion-chick-lit-'sex and the city'-like.

(wow that sounds bitter eh?)

Veens said...

Sounds cool actually- light read ... i might get it [ if it is there from the lib

softdrink said...

I added it to the book closet...you all can fight over it on Friday. ;-)

In a real sense, people who have read good literature have lived more than people who cannot or will not read. It is not true that we have only one life to live; if we can read, we can live as many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish. ~S.I. Hayakawa

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
~St. Augustine

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.
~Mark Twain

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