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Fiction. SHARK GIRLS is about two women whose lives are transformed by a shark attack that amputates a child's leg. It is narrated by "Scat," the older sister of the victim, now a reformed drunk and a "disaster photographer," alternating with the story of "Gracie," a casualty of a disfiguring accident, who becomes obsessed with "Shark Girl," as the younger sister is known, ...more
Paperback, 337 pages
Published November 1st 2009 by Livingston Press (AL)
(first published 2009)
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Set in Hawaii and Maine, Wriston Colbert's novel is a story of accident, coincidence and fate; of the damage people do to themselves and others; of wanting to be left alone and wanting to be found. The story centers on Willa Beever, an 8-year-old girl who loses a leg in a shark attack. Willa also loses her voice -- or gives it up -- and so pieces of her story are told by her sister, Susan Catherine, or Scat, and Gracie McKneely, herself disfigured in a childhood accident, who ends up living in W ...more
Shark Girls presents the reader with something horrific, and turns it into something humane. When a shark attacks 8-year-old Willa, her older sister Scat realizes that their lives are about to shift. At school, Scat becomes the one made fun of, because her peers don’t know what to do with the traumatic situation, but they know it would be mean to make fun of the victim of a shark attack. They have to place their confused and scared feelings somewhere, and so Scat becomes the bearer of their vuln ...more
You know, sometimes literary cleverness just leaves me cold. I had such great hopes for this book, and for the most part did like it, but I'm still not really sure what the point was. The main characters of the book, Scat and Gracie, are vctims of tragedies at very young ages. Each girl struggles against the ensuing events of her life, to what point I'm not sure. Nothing is completed, nothing justified, just endless misery punctuated by the occasional "win" to hint what life could be. The writin ...more
Hawaiian mythology, sex, miracles, and sharks - what's not to like? Colbert weaves together the lives of two women affected by physical disabilities. One is the sister of a girl whose leg was bitten off by s shark, the other was dropped on a grill as a baby, leaving her with disfiguring burn scars. The implications of these two accidents are far-reaching, changing the victims' lives and ripping apart families. Colbert's prose is lively and original. This is a strange, beautiful book.
Dysfunctional mother-daughter relationships hit a bit close to home and the ending doesn't quite fit the rest of the story but it is worthwhile to read. Best quote? "By now you should know life doesn't always feed you what you thought you were cooking up, now does it! Look at it this way, I was filet mignon in a meat loaf life."
This the story of two sisters living in Hawaii, which is why I picked this book up I love Hawaii, and they're lives after a shark attack. Interesting and complex, more of a chick story , but a good read none the less. Will have to check into the authors other books.
Dazzling! A super book with a story so different - I've not ever read anything like it & had no idea what might happen next. I loved the author's style of writing; lyrical, sensuous. What a surprise as I picked it off the library shelf purely based on the title & cover art!