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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On the drive there, she muses about her relationship with her hometown: Sometimes, particularly on windless days like this one, she thinks she might truly die with longing for something to get her out of here, something to at least point her i I love the idea of looking a 3 different aquamaeine Jesse’s life could have gone.

You are commenting using your WordPress. Anshaw likes to give her readers flawed characters, and Jessie certainly is that. It was okay, but not memorable. To ask other readers questions about Aquamarineplease sign up.

I know that this book has a lot of great reviews, but I had a hard caril getting invested in the stories. Email required Address never made public.


To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. What a talent she is! Second, why was Rhonda’s hand bandaged when Jesse watches the hospital soap in the Missouri installment of her life? The narrator tells three possible versions of her life after competing in the Mexico City Olympics as a swimmer.


From there, Anshaw intricately traces three possible paths for Jesse, spinning exhilarating variations on the themes of lost love and parallel lives unlived. This book was a special experience for me because the multiple reality premise was similar to a book I wrote a few years ago, only this was much more concise. Carol Anshaw born March is an American acrol and short story writer. The novel is structured so that we witness three possible “continuations” of her life 20 years 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.

I wouldn’t strongly recommend this as it’s easy to put down aquamarrine NOT pick up again. Jun 04, Danielle Franco-Malone rated it really liked it Shelves: Carol Anshaw does it beautifully in Aquamarinea story that begins with Olympic swimmer Jesse Austin, seduced and consequently edged out for a gold medal by her Australian rival, Marty.

Anshaw is master at delicious ambiguity. That was almost 25 years ago, and all of us have a very different sensibility now.

Aug 26, Rebekah rated it it was ok. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Post was not sent – check your email addresses! See 1 anahaw about Aquamarine…. I don’t want to explain any more. They visit home for her mother’s 65th birthday and retirement.


The next time we It was a mistake to read Anshaw novels back-to-back, because her tricks show too clearly and leave me oddly depressed; and it is a pity that Aquamarine was the second book I read, because I think it delivers better on the promise of its premise than Carry the Onewhich I read first.

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anxhaw Dec 27, Kari rated it it was amazing. What do we want more aquamarinf anything? Apr 13, David Jay rated it it was amazing. Whichever life I wind up with, I want to make sure happiness is woven into it.

Incidentally, the book was published inso the setting was contemporary – not a nostalgic version written recently. Cool exercise in exploring three possible lives in the aftermath of one person’s shot at glory. Second story she’s a lesbian, her Notes from

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