Before the Reef ePUB â Before the Epub /

Kudos to Eleanor Swanson In this suspenseful family tragedy she renders in affecting detail the existential mesh of human interaction in which our intention to protect others unleashes the anguish we sought to avoid This is a skillfully and poetically rendered story of love and its reverberating loss and of loyalty sheer endurance and of healing Swanson is an adroit raconteur of the human heart Marilyn Krysl author of Dinner with Osama Winner of Notre Dame's Richard Sullivan PrizeEstrangement grows on the pages of this novel until it is like a great rift on the ocean floor coming into terrifying focus only after we journey into the darkness beneath the surface of our familiar lives After her father is tried for murder Rachel lives in denial of her family's trauma until she becomes a stranger even to herself a process she must reverse when she understands that her brother's obsession with a long ago crime threatens his sanity Reluctantly she comes to face what Gibb has faced including the recognition that their father has always been a cipher to them all The backdrop for this powerful narrative is the Florida Keys where the actions of man have left the coral reefs damaged a rich metaphor for the lives of the Colgroves Before the Reef is as suspenseful as it is emotionally engaging Chris Ransick author of A Return to Emptiness


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    This was riveting Swanson tells the powerful story of one family's quest to find truth meaning and a way to go on living in the wake of the father's murder trial Although Noel Colgrove is acquitted of murder there are too many mysteries surrounding the incident and each family member deals with the unknown in different ways I couldn't put it down until I reached the end when the final truth was revealed I am looking forward to reading Swanson's newest book of short stories Little Houses