Saturday, July 24, 2010

WEEPING UNDERWATER LOOKS A LOT LIKE LAUGHTER

The title of this book caught my eye as I browsed in a bookstore. It won a place on our IOWA bibliography because it is set in Des Moines, where author Michael J. White lived for several years. I suspect those were his teen years, because narrator George Flynn begins his tale as a junior at St. Pius High School.
WEEPING UNDERWATER is one of the most creatively-written novels I've read in a long time. It's a story of first love, the search for personal identity, and coming to terms with an accidental death. It could be considered a twenty-first century CATCHER IN THE RYE in that it dramatizes teenage activities and angst of the era, even though the action occurs in the 1990s.
Readers familiar with Des Moines will enjoy the sense of locale and will long remember this first novel. Highly recommended for those not offended by some tastefully written descriptions of sexual activity.

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