Shining Sea

Shining Sea

A Novel

Book - 2016
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An arresting and absorbing novel that spans decades, drawing us into the turbulent lives of a family in Southern California after the sudden death of the father

Beginning in 1962 with a shocking loss, Shining Sea quickly pulls us into the lives of forty-three -year-old Michael Gannon's widow and offspring. Brilliantly described and utterly alive on the page, the Gannon clan find themselves charting paths they never anticipated, for decades to come. Told with a cinematic sweep, Shining Sea transports us from World War II to the present day, crisscrossing from the beaches of Southern California to the Woodstock rock festival, from London's gritty nightlife in the eighties to Scotland's remote Inner Hebrides, from the dry heat of Arizona to the fertile farmland of Massachusetts.

Epic, tender, and beautifully rendered, Shining Sea is the portrait of an American family-a profound depiction of the ripple effects of war, the passing down of memory, the making of myth, and the power of the ideal of heroism to lead us astray but sometimes also to keep us afloat.
Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316307840
031630784X
Branch Call Number: FIC Korke
Characteristics: 281 pages

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Jan 29, 2019

Enjoyed this book about a family who was changed in many ways by the effects of war. Didn't really go into any of the three wars that changed the well developed characters in so many ways, but weaved a wonderful story about the resilient personalities of those left behind. The characters travel wide and find ways to keep on looking for answers to some hard questions that come up when things make no sense.

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