Tides by Betsy Cornwell

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Cornwell's themes of body image, abuse, and the danger and pleasure found in relationships of all kinds emerge organically through the book's visceral, disturbing, and often lovely imagery.
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When high school senior Noah Gallagher and his adopted teenage sister, Lo, go to live with their grandmother in her island cottage for the summer, they don’t expect much in the way of adventure. Noah has landed a marine biology internship, and Lo wants to draw and paint, perhaps even to vanquish her struggles with bulimia. But then things take a dramatic turn for them both when Noah mistakenly tries to save a mysterious girl from drowning. This dreamlike, suspenseful story—deftly told from multiple points of view—dives deeply into selkie folklore while examining the fluid nature of love and family.

 

About Betsy Cornwell

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Debut author Betsy Cornwell graduated from Smith College in 2010. She was a columnist and editor at Teen Ink before pursuing an MFA in creative writing at Notre Dame, where she also taught fiction writing as well as film and television studies. She is currently living in Galway, Ireland. Visit her website at www.betsycornwell.com.
 
Published June 4, 2013 by Clarion Books. 305 pages
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books. Fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Aug 05 2013

Cornwell's themes of body image, abuse, and the danger and pleasure found in relationships of all kinds emerge organically through the book's visceral, disturbing, and often lovely imagery.

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Good
on Mar 27 2013

A haunting, atmospheric, intergenerational tale of the “inbetween,” suffused with selkie lore.

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