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Aquamarine by Carol Anshaw
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Apr 13, 2012

it was amazing
Read from April 13 to 17, 2012

The book opens with Jesse competing as a swimmer for the US at the 1968 Olympics where she takes the silver medal. From there, the book veers off in three different directions. The book jumps to 1990, finding Jesse nearing 40 and contemplating her life from three dramatically different vantage points. Following the Olympics, she makes various decisions and Anshaw tracks how different her life would have been if she had made some choices as opposed to others. For example, one story line has her moving back to Missouri and moving on from swimming, while another story line has her deciding to tour, promoting a line of swim suits with her name attached. I don't want to explain any more. Part of the joy of this book is seeing how different Jesse's life would be with different choices, and how other aspects of her life seem unalterable no matter what choices she makes.

Exquisite. The writing is just lovely, every single word. A book that you want to read slowly, to savor, but it is just too good and I read it in just a few short days.
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