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Flat Water Tuesday

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  1,040 Ratings  ·  203 Reviews
Rob Carrey, the son of a working-class cabinetmaker,arrives at the Fenton School with a scholarship to row and a chip on his shoulder. Generations of austere Fenton men have led the rowing team, known as the God Four, to countless victories—but none are as important or renowned as the annualTuesday-afternoon race against their rival, Warwick.

But first Rob must complete mon
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Published June 4th 2013 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published May 27th 2013)
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Diane S ☔
Jun 23, 2013 Diane S ☔ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I have just added this book to books that have made a big impression on me. Rob Carrey, from a small town and with parents who want him to do better in life than they had, accepts a scholarship to crew on the God Four, even though this means repeating his senior year of high school. Have never much thought about crewing, know very little about it, but after this book I know quite a bit. As with most sports it takes commitment and much hard work to really be good, so Rob with his three fellow tea ...more
Jun 15, 2014 ☮Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ron Irwin turns out to be quite the story teller and I will be first in line if he writes something else. Here we have two time periods, one 15 years prior to the other about a crew of prep school rowers known as the God Four preparing for the big race, and then one of them recalling that time as he anticipates a school reunion while also going through an emotional time with his girlfriend.

This book is packed with emotions, about how emotional highs and lows can affect us at different times of
Nancy McKibben
Jul 13, 2013 Nancy McKibben rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers who like Ivy League setting/characters; who like Donna Tartt; who like literary fiction
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Flat Water Tuesday
By Ron Irwin

Flat Water Tuesday is a gorgeous book. Ostensibly about the senior year of a rowing team known as the God Four (only God can beat them), the novel is also an examination of teamwork, competition, pain, love and the weight of familial expectations in prose as smooth as the water the team sculls over.

A fifth year scholarship student, Rob Carrey, attends an exclusive Connecticut prep school with the single goal of rowing well enough to attract the attention of an Ivy L
Jonathan Wolcott
You Can Graduate Any Time You Like, But You Can Never Leave

Like its ancestors (A Separate Peace, This Side of Paradise, The Final Club, Art of Fielding), Flat Water Tuesday is the story of an outsider, Rob Carrey, entering an elite academic institution (Kent School in CT, thinly veiled in the novel as the Fenton School), who simultaneously struggles with, reviles, admires and exposes its various trappings. But FWT departs from its literary forebearers in a crucial way - it gives the reader a ful
Mar 22, 2013 Tara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book in a goodreads first reads giveaway.

I didn't really know anything about rowing going into this novel, and I didn't need to; the writing is vivid/clear enough to understand what's going on, you get used to the more technical terms, etc. It's about a group of high school students essentially training for one very important race, and I can see how those with a background in rowing might get more out of this novel than I did, but ultimately this is a very human story that anyone
Rob Carrey is a young man with a chip on his shoulder against authority, but an amazing athlete. He is unpolished, a loner, who attends a high-brow boarding school and learns to work as part of a team on the school’s rowing team. The journey to his maturity is fraught with angst, rivalry and full of equally damaged teammates who all feel the pressure of being expected to be number one. The rich kid has issues, the lone girl on the team has issues, each member has their own personal demon that dr ...more
Lena Cox
Sep 25, 2013 Lena Cox rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: debut-novels
Successful relationships and winning teams mimic each other. They require trust. They require empathy. They, at times, require the surrendering of the self to better the union.

Flat Water Tuesday by Ron Irwin parallels relationships and teams in the telling of Rob Carrey’s teenage and adult life. The novel opens with a present-day letter sent to Rob from John Perry, one of his high school crew mates. The letter hints at events that occurred while Rob and John rowed in Fenton School’s elite rowing
Jun 05, 2014 Helene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel was very interesting with the theme of sculling and rowing and the competitive nature of this sport. I never realized the amount of strategy and skill involved. I enjoyed the characters and the past and present of the main character, Rob Carrey. The author's writing style of leaving you in a suspenseful state at the end of a section or chapter and switching the story to the past life or present situation made for a page turner. I highly recommend this novel!
Shelly Johnson
Feb 22, 2013 Shelly Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I received the audio version thru a GoodReads FirstReads giveaway.

If you are into audio books, this is a MUST! Wonderful story, wonderful writing and FANTASTIC narration!! Even if you have never thought of rowing, or even care for rowing, I still this is is so much more in this book. The struggles they face as a team, and individually are very intense. You feel the struggle and the tension and fear dealing with "the big secret". I found myself wanting to listen more and more to learn the horrib
Jan 28, 2015 Carol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Flat Water Tuesday by Ron Irwin shines! It delivers with emotional depth, making you think, and teaching you about rowing training, competitions and relationships. At first, I wasn’t sure that I wanted to read it because I have never rowed. Then I remembered watching the Olympic rowing races and being enthralled with them. Now I want to see more of them.

Rob Carrey, a documentary film maker for National Geographic receives an invitation to his 15th class reunion from a Connecticut prep school wit
Apr 05, 2016 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Flat Water Tuesday is the story of Rob Carrey who receives a letter from a former teammate expressing a desire to see Carrey again. By the time Carrey returns home from Africa, he finds that the friend has died, but that their former crew team plan to meet up in memory of him at their private prep school's upcoming reunion. Carrey, whose personal life is in turmoil, and who has avoided returning to the exclusive Fenton School finds himself remembering his past on the crew team and his tenuous re ...more
Aug 15, 2015 Jenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book got me. I was intrigued by the title and have a fascination with water, rowing,and prep school stories. I enjoyed reading this a lot and the author does a great job of mixing the prep school rowing crew story with the present day love story. There are many unanswered questions until almost the very end and I liked the way more was revealed, slowly and evenly giving me just enough to want to keep reading and find out what happened next or what happened before. The characters were nicely ...more
Lori Henrich
Rob is pursued by Fenton School, a private school, to redo his Senior year with them. They want him to become a member of the rowing team, with the hopes that Rob can help them beat a rival school. Even though Rob has already graduated, he agrees to attend with the hopes of being able to go on to a better college than what is available to him currently. The story goes flows back and forth between the present and the year that Rob attended Fenton. The memories start playing through Rob's mind whe ...more
Mar 20, 2014 Terri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A kid named Rob Carrey ends up at the tony Fenton prep school with a full ride scholarship to row, hopefully in the God Four- the boat to win against Warwick. Finally.

Carrey arrives belligerent and sullen; every other kid there has money, lots of money and he's there from a working class family only because the school expects results from him. He is determined to despise the other rowers. But the coxswain- first female ever- Ruth dissuades him; she encourages him to get along.

The book switches f
Maureen Bauer
Dec 03, 2014 Maureen Bauer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this read. It was a topic I knew very little about, but the interesting thing about it was that the author had participated in the sport of rowing and he based his novel on that particular sport. I really enjoyed his writing style, and the way the story was laid out with current events in Robert Carrey's life, while including flashbacks to his rowing days on a team at a small New England Prep school. Winning the race mattered, but so many other events mattered even more, and sho ...more
Betsy Mitchell
Mar 11, 2013 Betsy Mitchell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Page-turner with wonderful, clear descriptions. I came to care for the characters and revel in their victories. The story moves along like a wind rippling on the calm water and draws you into its curving path. The rowing element is very tangible and the conflicts within the sport create a tale that is both memorable and haunting.
Jeff Swartz
Mar 25, 2013 Jeff Swartz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don't know anything about rowing, didn't think I wanted to know anything about rowing, but this book was terrific and I especially liked all the rowing stuff!
A coming of age story that will fit neatly on the shelf with all the greats.
I can see this being assigned in High Schools for years to come.
Sep 05, 2015 MaryPat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book about a rowing team at a prestigious boarding school. I was immediately drawn in when Rob receives a letter from an old teammate 15 years after their days at Fenton prep school. John hints at something bad that happened during their time at the school & I was curious about what happened & how it shaped their lives, if any. The story is told in alternating times; their time at the school, training & competing and life for Rob 15 years after his time at the s ...more
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Morgan Lee
Jan 18, 2015 Morgan Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Flat Water Tuesday was a really captivating book for me, and ultimately held my attention throughout. The transitions between past and present were flawless, and the relationships, whether between friends or lovers were realistic and interesting. There was not a part of the book that failed to hold my attention, and no part lacked in the melodrama of real life. The characters were relatable and deep - so much so that I found myself becoming invested in even the hardest to love individuals. I can ...more
Jun 27, 2016 Byron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exceptional sport/coming of age novel I'm very pleased is now in feature film development under the title The God Four.
Jan 16, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"This is the second book I've read recently that I think of as 'chick-lit' written by men with male main characters."

I am challenged by the exquisite thought and insight that compelled this innovative reviewer to redefine the literary realm of romance; regardless, I shall endeavor to proceed with due reverence.

Ron Irwin is emphatic that this book is primarily a love story. Although I agree, the better definition upon reading and appreciating the novel would be that it is, in fact, a human story
Jun 25, 2014 Rina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
the son of a working class cabinet maker gets a rowing scholarship to Fenton a prestigious boarding school where he repeats his last year of high school but accelerated. he rows, he learns, the rowers live through a tragedy. their lives move forward albeit very separately. our protagonist meets a woman with whom he is in love. the rowers, some of them, meet up again at the 15 year reunion. lots of detail about what it takes to be a rower. personal stuff happens. blah, blah. now that I'm writing ...more
Alex Dyba
Sep 19, 2016 Alex Dyba rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can almost rate this book with 5 stars, it's that good. After having read The Boys In The Boat, I found this fictional story of an elite East Coast boarding school which emphasizes winning at rowing, to be fascinating and interesting. You love and hate the boys at the same time, yet sympathize with their physical and emotional pain at the way they are driven to win against their rival school at all costs. Now when the rowers are invited to a 15 yr school reunion, Rob our narrator, begins the p ...more
May 31, 2015 Monty rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good read with a fair degree of authenticity regarding the rigours of rowing, adolescence, and life in a private highschool in rural New York state as it applies to a young man from modest economic circumstances. Strong themes of sports as a parable of life, fatherhood, teamwork and relationship empathy are strongly threaded throughout the plot and characters. The adolescent angst of the protagonist which predictably undermines his adult relationships and decisions are gratingly (and therefore ...more
Aug 06, 2013 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best book of summer reading 2013! Similar to A Separate Piece but even better.
P Bright
Jun 28, 2015 P Bright rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the most interesting books I've read all summer. It is about a documentary film maker whose life is falling apart. He attended a prep school on a rowing scholarship. His life begins a downward spiral due to a tragic incident at the school. The story is told in a flashback fashion that keeps you guessing.
The entire book is well-written but one particularly touching scene with the hero and his girlfriend made cry like a 7th grade girl. Later I retold the scene to my sister and it
Carol Stanley-Snow

I have no knowledge about rowing. Always thought 'skull' was my head! LOL!

Anyway, this is a very powerful book. The rowing is only a part of the story, sort of like the glue that holds the story together. The people, characters of the novel are so compelling.

I liked the way the chapters went from one era (school, rowing) to present day. Rob Carrey, the center of the story, proves that life may not always be easy, simple or clean. It is full of up
Dec 18, 2015 Diana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A young man named Rob Carrey attends a school for rich kids. Rob is there on a scholarship because of his rowing abilities. I hadn't ever heard of this, but he was a 5th year high school student and not because of poor grades and failing.
I guess I just wasn't into the whole story about rowing and how his stakes it was at this school. Things that aren't good happen and Rob is happy to get away from there.
Fifteen yeas later he is invited to attend a reunion. Rob doesn't really want to attend, b
Feb 25, 2015 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Rob Carrey works as a documentary film maker. On his way home from a shoot, he receives word that an old friend from high school has killed himself. They are having a reunion and a memorial at the same time, but Rob doesn’t know if he will go. He was a rower on the God Four, one of the top high school rowing teams. Something happened back in Rob’s senior year in school, something that neither he nor the other rowers want to revisit. Going back will mean confronting his past that he has been runn ...more
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Ron Irwin is an American writer who divides his time between Cape Town, South Africa and various places in the United States. He grew up in Buffalo, New York, where he learned to row. He attended boarding school and college in New England, where he was part of a number of winning crews. Ron has worked as a journalist, a documentary filmmaker, and as a teacher. He currently lectures in the Centre f ...more
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