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Sea Wife

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  43 ratings  ·  15 reviews
For readers of Meg Wolitzer, Lionel Shriver, Kate Atkinson, and Jennifer Egan. From the highly acclaimed author of Schroder, a smart, sophisticated literary page turner about a young family who escape suburbia for a year-long sailing trip that upends all of their lives

Juliet is failing to juggle motherhood and her anemic dissertation when her husband, Michael, informs her
ebook, 288 pages
Expected publication: April 28th 2020 by Alfred A. Knopf
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Jan 23, 2020 rated it did not like it
When it is snowy and cold outside (and my car is buried under 2ft of ❄ ), superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book and many more today. LOL

I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.

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Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sea Wife by Amity Gage is the story of a marriage, and a family, and an adventure. It is a story about depression, and the lasting repercussions of childhood trauma. It is also a story about the importance of communication. and being prepared, and the unforgiving wilderness of the sea. Told in alternating voices and overlapping timelines - Juliet provides her side of the story, and Michaels voice is mostly revealed in his ships log entries - we get each spouses point of view as well as crucial ...more
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Compelling and lyrical, watching this marriage ebb and flow and its continued gradual disintegration was kind of like watching a slow moving accident. I couldnt avert my eyes and I could do anything to prevent it. What happens during the course of marriage when you realize you and your partner have fundamental differences in moral principles? Juliet and Michael's literal sailing journey exposes the latent and numerous problems in their marriage and causes honesty to emerge. The shifting points ...more
Nov 06, 2019 rated it liked it
I have a lot of questions - mainly revolving around minimizing to sail full time. I mean, why not.
Wendy Cosin
Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sea Wife is a really good story, well told. Michael and Juliet leave suburban life and go sailing for a year with their two young children. Told mostly by Juliet, the story shifts between daily life before the trip, on the boat, and after the journey. Juliet didnt finish her PhD dissertation about Anne Sexton. She sometimes has a serious problem with depression. Michaels sections are his Captains Log, which also reads like a diary/journal about his feelings. A few sections are in the 7-year old ...more
Deb Ristow
I received Sea Wife by Amity Gaige as part of the Goodreads Giveaway program. This is the story of Juliet and Michael, and their two young children, Sybil and George. It is the story of a family that leaves their life to sail the ocean for a year. It is the story of a mother dealing with depression, the aftermath of childhood abuse, and a strained relationship with her mother. It is the story of a marriage that has lost its' identify after becoming a family. It is the story of survival and the ...more
Kim McGee
Feb 10, 2020 rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars
Michael, Juliet, and their two small children embark on a year-long sea voyage around Latin and South America leaving behind their suburban humdrum. Part travel ship's log and part narrative from Juliet this is the dissection of a marriage and not just the reality of sailing around with two small kids that sinks in. There are moments of absolute joy that will have you wanting to take your own gap year on a book but then comes the reality and despair that caused their trip's
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Never would have picked this up normally and so glad I did. A truly thrilling ride, expertly weaving thoughts of husband and wife to tell the story of a difficult love and marriage, in the most fantastic and unique setting. I am now a BIG Amity Gaige fan.
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Life for a family of 4 on a sail boat
I love a portrait of a complicated marriage and this one had the bonus of appealing to both my inner daydreamer (lets quit our jobs and travel around the world for a year!!) and my inner pragmatist (that is literally the worst idea).

The multiple POVs and alternating timelines make this a pretty propulsive read. The mystery that comes in in the second half of the book and Julieta childhood trauma made the plot feel a little overstuffed. I found the political stuff a little heavy-handed. I think
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sea Wife by Amity Gaige is a glimpse into a real, flawed, complicated human relationship and marriage. The novel narrates between Juliet and Michael, Juliet through narrative looking back on a voyage and journey, and Michael through the Captains Log.

This book is not an easy read in the fact that it feels so real and hits home in all of the normal things that affect wives, husbands, moms, parents, friends, and foes. There is almost a poetic prose in the way there is waxing and waning in the
Megan Tristao
First, let me acknowledge that I probably enjoyed this book more than the average reader because I'm currently living that gap-year life. So many parts of the book, especially parts from the husband's log book, spoke right to me. "Yes, that's EXACTLY how we felt when we told people about our trip!" "Yes, that's a GREAT description of the street carts in Cartagena!" So, I had a personal connection to this book that likely heightened my appreciation of it. That being said, here's my review:

Nov 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-books
Inspired by a true story, a family ditches suburban life for a year-long sailing trip. Juliet is a poet, Michael is a life insurance agent. They have two kids, Sybil age 7 and Georgie age 2. The story is told mainly through Juliets point of view and Michaels as Juliet reads his Captains logbook from the boat trip. She takes the reader on the journey that changed her familys life forever.

The writing was well done and the character development although scattered, was definitely there. The main
James Beggarly
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful book about a couple with a rocky marriage taking a year out of their lifes to sail a boat around the Caribbean with their two small children. The story is told by the wife as she looks back on the trip and the aftermath and told by the husband in a sea log as the events are happening. Powerful dissection of a complicated marriage. ...more
Leticia Vila-Sanjuán
I found this to be an irregular novel. while the writing is good, I didn't connect with the changes of POV and Michael's voice.
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AMITY GAIGE is the author of three previous novels, O My Darling, The Folded World, and Schroder, which was short-listed for the Folio Prize in 2014. Published in eighteen countries, Schroder was named one of best books of 2013 by The New York Times Book Review,The Huffington Post, Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Kirkus Reviews, The Women's National Book Association, Cosmopolitan, Denver ...more

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