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Lonely California pastry chef Win never learned how to swim, despite growing up just miles from the Pacific Ocean. Even Janie, her flaky pro-surfer single mother, couldn’t convince her to brave the water, solidifying Win’s fear when she leaves her at the tender age of 9. But when Win turns 29 and decides to take swimming lessons for the first time—finally confronting her ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published May 27th 2013 by CCLaP Publishing
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Debbie "DJ"
May 04, 2014 Debbie "DJ" rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction

A well crafted poetic tale of the loves and losses in our lives. This book is best enjoyed through it's deeper meaning. Foley shows us how we have the power to write our own stories which can bring us healing or harm, and how we all must learn to swim through the many trials in our lives. A thought provoking read!
Since I work for the publisher, and am promoting this one, I won't rate it. But I will tell you that if you like strong female lit, LGBT lit, foodie lit, and SoCal lit.. this is the read for you. Contact me if you have an interest in reviewing it!
Rebecca Scaglione
Sep 08, 2013 Rebecca Scaglione rated it really liked it
I received this book from CCLaP Publishing in exchange for a fair and honest review.

I really enjoy supporting small press, and Lori at CCLaP Publishing has great taste and doesn’t steer me wrong. So even though I’m flooded with books, I said yes to this request, and I’m glad I did.

Women Float by Maureen Foley is a novella about Win, a woman who is struggling with a few things in her life. The motif of the book is water, and Win herself is unable to swim. But this inability to swim produces inse
Jul 23, 2013 Pamela rated it really liked it
As a native Californian I felt that Women Float exquisitely described the sights, smells, seasons, geography, as well as the bohemian aspects of life along the coast of our multi-faceted state. Maureen Foley placed me in the story with her attention to sensory detail, but in a manner that never felt self-aware. I became an easy fan of her writing--sparse but lyrical-yet-modern in style. The themes were laid out for us to easily grab and chew on.

Yes, one could say that this story might be more ap
Jason Pettus
FTC DISCLOSURE: I am the publisher of this book.

This is CCLaP's newest book, being released on May 27th. At that point I will get a more substantial essay posted here, all about the book and why I decided to sign it in the first place. We'll be making a strong push towards getting copies of the book into the hands of every person who adds this to their library, so I hope you'll have a chance to do so in the coming weeks.
Jun 11, 2013 Amy rated it liked it
*I was given this book free, in exchange for a review*

If you like Chick-Lit this book is for you. It’s a perfect beach or rainy weekend read.

Win, like many women have insecurities she lives with and tries to deal with. Her mom left when Win was 9. As a young child she almost drowned, now at 29 is she finally ready to face her fears. We travel with Win and learn her secrets and her fears. She hides her love for her close female friend. Win is afraid of water and because of that it carries over t
Susan Rowland
Jun 19, 2013 Susan Rowland rated it it was amazing
WOMEN FLOAT is a lively novella that digs deep into a woman's life in an engaging and exciting way. I recommend it for those who want to be entertained and sustained both at one. Maureen Foley is a fresh and welcome voice to fiction! Susan Rowland
James Claffey
May 10, 2013 James Claffey rated it it was amazing
A compelling look at friendship and love in small town coastal California. The book explores what it means to grapple with the demons of the past and the complications of the present.
Sep 12, 2013 Cab rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbt, e-books, fiction
I find that sometimes novellas will leave me feeling unsatisfied as if there is unfinished business that was suddenly rushed to an end in an effort to complete the story. That is definitely not this case with Women Float.

The main character, Wen, is complex and comes across as three dimensional. In addition, despite her insecurities, and in some instances major flaws, I found myself wanting things to get better for her. Wanting her to improve and get her life in order.

There was one particular q
Feb 06, 2015 Claire rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013-releases
Review published at Bitches With Books. To read, click the link!

This review will be a short one, like the novella. First of all, Women Float is a truly emotional and riveting tale. Win, the central character in the novella, has a lot of issues and at first, she doesn't do a very good job at dealing with them. She's a pathological liar and in love with her neighbor/best friend. She's haunted by her mother's abandonment 20 years ago, and as such has developed such severe hydrophobia that s
Jan 24, 2014 Monika rated it it was amazing
Originally posted on my blog, A Lovely Bookshelf on the Wall:

Win's mom abandoned her shortly after Win's ninth birthday. Not only was she was old enough to remember, but her mom had a habit of leaving, coming back, leaving, coming back. So Win has hung on, since childhood, to the tiniest hope that her mom will return. From what I can gather, anyhow... Win is a terribly unreliable character. Her coping mechanism? She compulsively lies, making up scenarios that make her feel better. Eventually, li
May 28, 2013 Shannon rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
Women Float follows Win, who has spent her entire life just a few miles from the ocean in Southern California, but has never learned how to swim. Her fear of water, which plagued her as a child, worsened over the 20 years since her mother left her. As she reaches her 29th birthday, Win confronts her fears and begins taking swimming lessons, which wind up coinciding with a series of major life changes and testing her beyond anticipation.

It seems to take quite a bit of talent to develop your char
Maria Finazzo Hernandez

This book is about a women named Win and the problems that arise throughout her adult life, that is affected by her childhood trauma of her mother's abandonment at the age of 9. She then tries to overcome many fears with the help of her friends. A very emotional and heartfelt novel directed to a strong female crowd.

This is a book to take on vacation or just to relax with. You will feel as if you yourself will be "floating" along with Win as her baggage starts to ravel and unravel. Feel what she
Jun 26, 2013 Demelza rated it it was ok
This book probably appeals more to someone who enjoys a lot of poetry in their prose. A lot managed to happen in the course of this novella's length, but I never quite felt connected to Win and her struggles. I'm not sure why that is or what could have changed it exactly. Maybe that is the whole point of the story - that Win is "floating" through life, quite unaware of what it is she wants. I certainly couldn't figure out what her goals were, and maybe that's why there was a lack of urgency for ...more
Baxter Trautman
Aug 11, 2013 Baxter Trautman rated it liked it
Shelves: lesbian
Could have used a lot more editing, nonetheless a touching story of Win, a woman whose life was defined by her mother's abandonment, and how Win surfaces to embrace who she is rather than sink from the anchor of her baggage.
Dec 22, 2013 Carol rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebook, 2013, free-dl
I found the story somewhat pointless. The main char Win seemed lost & in her own world. Her life was built on lies and bitter truths she did not want to face. Her fear of water but delusion she was part mermaid was just one ex.
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Maureen Foley is an artist, writer and teacher who grew up in Carpinteria, California. Foley received a Masters of Fine Art in Prose from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University.

Her stories and poems have appeared in the New York Times, Wired, Skanky Possum, Santa Barbara Magazine, Santa Barbara Independent and elsewhere. Her newest novella, Women Float, will be publis
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