Salt Water by Charles Simmons
A Novel

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In the summer of 1963 I fell in love and my father drowned....

So begins this sweet, ominous novel by Charles Simmons. Set against an idyllic landscape of water, sand, and sky, it recounts in exquisite detail the momentous events of a boy's 16th summer that reveal to him the dark facts of adult passion. On Bone Point, an island off the New England coast, the boy's long, lazy days of boating and swimming are sharpened by a growing awareness of his charismatic father's infidelities. Add to this the presence of a flirtatious middle-aged woman and her beautiful 20-year-old daughter, who have rented the guesthouse, and the tale is set in motion. This tautly constructed novel is both startling and haunting—an irresistible story of memory, desire, and suspense.
 

About Charles Simmons

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Charles Simmons is the award-winning author of several novels, including Wrinkles and The Belles Lettres Papers . An editor at the New York Times for 20 years, he lives in New York City and eastern Long Island.
 
Published October 12, 2012 by Chronicle Books LLC. 176 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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The summer might have been indistinguishable from any other if the family guest house hadn—t been rented to the suavely cosmopolitan Mrs. Mertz (from a strain of far-back Russian nobility) and her 20-year-old daughter, the beautiful, enticing, and lively Zina—with whom Michael at once falls in love.

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