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Sea Wife

A Novel
Auteur(s): Amity Gaige
Durée: 9 h et 45 min
5,0 out of 5 stars (2 évaluations)

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"Sea Wife is a gripping tale of survival at sea - but that's just the beginning. Amity Gaige also manages, before she's done, to probe the underpinnings of romantic love, marriage, literary ambition, political inclinations in the Trump age, parenthood, and finally, the nature of survival itself in our broken world. Gaige is thrillingly talented, and her novel enchants." (Jennifer Egan)

"Sea Wife brilliantly breathes life not only into the perils of living at sea, but also into the fraught and hidden dangers of domesticity, motherhood, and marriage. What a smart, swift, and thrilling novel." (Lauren Groff)

From the highly acclaimed author of Schroder, a smart, sophisticated page literary pause resister about a young family who escape suburbia for a yearlong sailing trip that upends all of their lives.

Juliet is failing to juggle motherhood and her stalled-out dissertation on confessional poetry when her husband, Michael, informs her that he wants to leave his job and buy a sailboat. With their two kids - Sybil, age seven, and George, age two - Juliet and Michael set off for Panama, where their 44 foot sailboat awaits them. The initial result is transformative; the marriage is given a gust of energy, Juliet emerges from her depression, and the children quickly embrace the joys of being feral children at sea. Despite the stresses of being novice sailors, the family learns to crew the boat together on the ever-changing sea. The vast horizons and isolated islands offer Juliet and Michael reprieve - until they are tested by the unforeseen. 

Sea Wife is told in gripping dual perspectives: Juliet's first person narration, after the journey, as she struggles to come to terms with the life-changing events that unfolded at sea, and Michael's captain's log, which provides a riveting, slow-motion account of these same inexorable events, a dialogue that reveals the fault lines created by personal history and political divisions.   

Sea Wife is a transporting novel about marriage, family, and love in a time of unprecedented turmoil. It is unforgettable in its power and astonishingly perceptive in its portrayal of optimism, disillusionment, and survival.

©2020 Amity Gaige (P)2020 Random House Audio

Ce que les critiques en disent

"Gripping.... A powerful take on a marriage on the rocks." (Kirkus Reviews)

"[A] splendid, wrenching novel.... Every element of this impressive novel clicks into a dazzling, heartbreaking whole." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

 "Sea Wife is a gripping tale of survival at sea - but that's just the beginning. Amity Gaige also manages, before she's done, to probe the underpinnings of romantic love, marriage, literary ambition, political inclinations in the Trump age, parenthood, and finally, the nature of survival itself in our broken world. Gaige is thrillingly talented, and her novel enchants." (Jennifer Egan) 

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  • judy ann rupnicki
  • 2020-05-18

Great book

I enjoyed this book a lot I only have one question? When recording this book who’s dumb idea was it to use a tiny infant cry for a 3 year old ? Just sayin !

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  • Criticalthinker
  • 2020-06-15

Good story ruined by narrators

As much as I enjoyed this story, listening to it was torture. Adults doing baby-talk voices for the kids’ voices? Ugh. Better to read the book, I think. The writing here is just fair, generally, but there are moments of real skill. Every so often the author tosses off a memorable sentence, or catches perfectly the small but deadly resentments of a marriage. There’s a fair amount of foreshadowing, which can be annoying. All considered, though, this is a worthwhile book...to read.

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  • HistFic Fan
  • 2020-05-18

Should have ended earlier...

First 3/4, riveting. Last quarter, lyrical and thought provoking, but not necessary. Beautiful imagery.

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  • Au global
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  • RueRue
  • 2020-09-03

Disappointing ending

The story started quite well, and I was really invested in the story while the Bartlow family was at sea. Then the author started to go off-track, and the narrative lost its flow and dynamics. It ended in a hot mess. Too bad, it could have been better.

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  • Johnny Kibler
  • 2020-08-04

Not what I was expecting

This is a fine listen. Smart, complicated with characters that one can relate to and empathesize with. Some parts of the plot are a little hard to follow and the steps back and forth in time take some getting used but all-in-all --- not a bad way to spend a few hours in the car.

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  • William Brabec
  • 2020-07-15

The last fourth of the book rambled

The narration was good, but, the story did not wrap up tightly at all. It just rambled towards the end. And what’s the point of bringing in politics? Obviously the author is anti-Trump. It added nothing to the story at all. Pretty much a waste of time.

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  • Samantha Hixon
  • 2020-06-18

A change from my usual read

I thought I would try something different from my usual psycho twist type of read and have to say please don't not read this from my review. for me it was a bit long and arduous, I didn't really like the narrator and found myself drifting off for quite large parts of the book and having to go back and listen again, only to feel as though I wish I hadn't bothered, I also stopped it early because I was done, I will try another travel type novel just to see if it was this book, but if not, I'll be going straight back to my psychos, happy reading

  • Au global
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  • J. Robinson
  • 2020-05-25

Brilliant literary novel that rewards patience

This is a near-perfect novel. This wasn't my initial reaction, however, as I struggled at first to make sense of the author's innovative narrative structure. Engagement set in about a quarter of the way into the story, which is a masterfully plotted journey to the depths of a modern marriage. Gaige writes about seagoing with the same credible details she brings to the psychological complexity of family relationships. This is enjoyable on so many levels. Among the top books I've read in years.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-05-22

Great Adventure

The adventure on the sea was mesmerizing and inspiring. I didn't like the part at the end, but apparently the wife, Juliet gets published so that's good.

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  • melody wong
  • 2020-05-21

many layers

loved it. identified with it. kept it's mystery. almost made me want to sail.