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Sea Change

Sea Change
Jeremy Page
Viking Adult
Publish date: 2010-12-01
$25.95
9780670021901
Hardcover

Review:

Jeremy Page, in this, his second novel, has created a story so lyrical and atmospheric the reader is instantly transported to an old Dutch barge ‘somewhere’ in the North Sea.  You will hear the screech of gulls; smell the engine oil and grime of the ship feel the sting of salt air on your face.

The author’s sad , young character Guy, has embarked on an aimless,  desolate voyage as a means of denying or [escaping] the heartache brought on by the tragic death of his four year old daughter.  As he drifts on calm seas and fights heroically through fierce storms, the one constant that seems to give his days any purpose or structure is his journal.

In his writings he creates an imaginary continued life for him and his family.  He writes in such exquisite detail you can feel the heat of sun on your face and hear the rain pouring down on the roof of the car as he and his family takes their long awaited road trip across America. He gives his daughter lessons on art and nature and even writes of his wife’s imagined love affair. After years of this self-imposed solitary existence, Guy’s imagined saga and his perception of real life become hopelessly entangled and his fragile grasp on reality is slipping ever so slightly. 

            Page writes in such exquisite detail you can feel the heat of the sun on your face and hear the rain hit the deck above.  This story is written in such beautiful prose, I feel blessed to have stumbled upon it.

   
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