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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The aquamagine folksiness adds nothing. Perhaps this book hasn’t aged well, or perhaps it simply isn’t for me, but I found the premise trite — because of course different choices we make define aquamarie lives in different ways — and many of the references or plotlines felt ableist, classist or racist. Paperbackpages. I read this in college and really loved it. 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.

This is what happens to Jessie, who at barely 18 experiences the defining moment of her life. Email required Address never made public. 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.

Each is believable, though the happiest, where Jesse is dating women and living in New York, feels the least grounded in reality. Although I try not to bring home too many discarded books from the library, this was among the few I let in.

They visit home for her mother’s 65th birthday and retirement. Though in retrospect, this is not lesfic. It’s really interesting, and while not loving Jesse, the main character, I liked her enough to keep going.

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Her life is a wreck. Carol Anshaw does it beautifully in Aquamarinea story that begins with Olympic swimmer Jesse Austin, seduced xarol consequently edged out for a gold medal by her Australian rival, Marty. The tales — as a small-town wife, a cosmopolitan lesbian returning home, and a single parent of troubled teenagers — are wonderfully consistent and richly original on their own.


The writing just flowed seamlessly between dialogue and narrative. Would recommend to washed-up athletes and nostalgics. Mich regte die Geschichte zum nachdenken an. She has a whole sentence worth of dialogue. I took the re I read this book before I moved to Portland, before my life really started. I guess its just another author trying to be creative.

Aug 26, Rebekah rated it it was ok. Ok, giving it four stars because despite not being bowled over by it, I kept wanting to go back to it until it was done, which I don’t usually do as I am an easily distracted person. Very thought provoking and excellently written! A little artless and disjointed at times, but I really liked Jesse, and a lot of the writing was great. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert.

Her eldest son is into drugs and small time robbery. Second story she’s a lesbian, her Notes from I picked it up for very superficial reasons: This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [hey i was wondering if you had a idea? Return to Book Page. Her success as a swimmer seems out of character for the family she grew up in, but it was the s and not the uber trained, genetically freaky athlete it takes to succeed today.

By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Although each of the three stories is very different, they are all heavily influenced by Marty, her seduction and her snatching the gold medal.

Joaquin is a former student of Ms. Aquamarine by Carol Anshaw Goodreads Author.

Aquamarine by Carol Anshaw

In this world, we meet Jesse, age 40, who settled down with anshae kind and easy-going hometown boy after winning a silver medal in swimming at the Olympics when she was In each of the next three chapters we meet Jessie again now 39, in parallel lives.


It took me almost a month to read this book, and it’s not even two hundred pages. Please provide an email address.

Jul 24, Jane rated it it was ok. The book is tied together by the core people in Jesse’s life, who make appearances in each of the three versions of her life. I can’t believe I wasn’t familiar with Carol Anshaw until now. Apr 04, Grey rated anshaaw it was amazing. View all 6 comments. Apr 13, David Jay rated it it was amazing.

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So why did I cafol this three stars upon marking it “read”? In fact, looking back the reading of this novel may have awuamarine a aquwmarine moment. I just wasn’t happy with the way things went down in the last few pages of the book. I’ll definitely be reading more by this author. What does it means to decide that we come in second, instead of first?

It was interesting to see that, no matter how different the lives, how many similarities amongst them there are. I was hoping for more introspection, I suppose, instead of a just straight-forward “this is what happened without much reflection. The final story, very short, she goes to Australia to meet up with Marty Finch again.

Because her husband is so predictable? Apr 04, Alisa rated it really liked it.