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Rowing in Eden: A Novel

3.29  ·  Rating details ·  17 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Pynch Lake is quiet nine months of the year but bursts into life each summer when the vacationers arrive. In the summer of 1965, year-round residents Harold and Peg Wahl find the world that once belonged to them is now being taken over by their older daughters, returned from college for the summer. Cool and self-possessed Rosamund is receiving the attention of the family f ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 4th 2001 by Harper Perennial (first published October 1st 2000)
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Barbara
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Thirteen year old Franny lives in a dysfunctional family with a father who drinks, a mother who keeps up the family facade, and two older, college-age sisters. Everyone parties at the lake, everyone conforms outwardly to the sixties' culture. But underneath, no one is really living out the approved life. Franny lives a pretty exciting life for a young lady, and the author gets the tone of life at that time just right, I think. Franny's observations and colorful emotional life and descriptions he ...more
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Feb 21, 2014 rated it liked it
A coming-of-age story about a teen girl is way outside my wheelhouse, but "Rowing in Eden" is a smart, generally involving read.

Pretty 13-year-old Franny Wahl finds herself somewhat invisible to the rest of her family but starts to realize the power and heartache of growing up. The backdrop is obviously a fictional version of the Iowa Great Lakes, which was one of the hooks that pulled me in. Nicely done.
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