The Odd Sea by Frederick Reiken

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About Frederick Reiken

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Frederick Reiken holds a B.A. from Princeton and an M.F.A. from the University of California, Irvine. His first novel, The Odd Sea, was chosen by Booklist as one of the 20 Best First Novels of the Year and won the Hackney Literary Award. He lives in Boston and teaches graduate writing classes at Emerson College.
Published January 1, 1998 by Harcourt Brace & Co.. 208 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The book’s appealing title derives from a charming fairy tale (about “Sawchuk, the great beaver king”) that Philip’s father makes up, to entertain and distract his children, and that Amy recognizes as “The Odyssey, transposed,” while youngest sister Dana misrepeats as “the odd sea” (and, Philip e...

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Describing his elder brother's disappearance, Philip Shumway, the adolescent narrator of Reiken's carefully crafted debut, observes: ""There was no story except for the puzzling absence of a story."" Ethan Shumway, Philip's idolized, musically gifted 16-year-old brother, simply walked out one spr...

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Reiken delineates the family dynamic in pithy, poignant scenes that keep you turning pages, but once Philip comes of age, the spare New England parable bogs down in self-conscious talk about art and life.

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