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The Edge of Tidal Pools
by Michèle Phoenix (Goodreads Author)
[Note: online retailers only have a dated, self-published version of this novel for sale. The author does not recommend it.] When Casey arrives on the Ile de Batz, a small island off the coast of France, she is just as ragged and desolate as the coastline that materializes out of the mist. She has exiled herself to a foreign land to escape her past, but finds in this ...more
Paperback, Self-published edition, 220 pages
Published November 17th 2005 by Dog Ear Publishing
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On the remote French Ile de Batz, Casey Jensen is desperately trying to regain some sort of control over her life. Throughout the story we slowly discover why Casey is on the island and what it is that has triggered her lock down. A highschool French teacher, Casey is surprised when one of her students reaches out to her, opens up to her and shares with her their deepest feelings. Ben spent the last five years in Tajikistan with his family and the ripple affects are tearing the young man apart. ...more
The best books are those in which you live, immersed in the lives of the characters who seem completely real. This is one of those. I began reading with no predetermined expectation. Casey's struggle is immediately obvious, but the reason for it unfolds through her journey toward a healing she can't even imagine might happen. The setting is, at first, as stark and lonely as her spirit. As the story unfolds, glimmers of light penetrate her dark place; in the boy Pierrot who reaches out to her and ...more
This book really highlighted some of the struggles missionary kids (MKs) wrestle with. The story unravels at a good pace, flip flopping between what happened in the past and Casey's move to France. The author did a good job diving into some of the cultural differences between France and the US, too.
Raised in France by a Canadian father and an American mother, Michèle is a mentor, author and speaker with international sensitivities. She taught for twenty years at Black Forest Academy (Germany) before launching her own work as an advocate for Third Culture Kids. She now travels globally to consult and teach on topics related to this unique people group. She loves good conversations, ...moreMore about Michèle Phoenix...