Changing Tides

Changing Tides

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by Michael T. Ford
     
 

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Marine biologist Ben Ransome understands the sea, especially the tiny, beautiful sea slugs he has studied and admired for most of his life. What Ben doesn't understand are people, and now, one of the most important people in his life--his sixteen-year-old daughter, Caddie--is coming to live with him for the summer. But the sweet, happy child he remembers has been

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Marine biologist Ben Ransome understands the sea, especially the tiny, beautiful sea slugs he has studied and admired for most of his life. What Ben doesn't understand are people, and now, one of the most important people in his life--his sixteen-year-old daughter, Caddie--is coming to live with him for the summer. But the sweet, happy child he remembers has been replaced by a wounded, angry stranger who resents everything about her father. Caddie is determined to act out in every way, leaving Ben feeling more alone than ever.

Hudson Jones has come to Monterey, California, to find the answers to all his questions. The young, ambitious graduate student believes he's found a lost John Steinbeck novel called Changing Tides that seems to hint at the author's love for his best friend, Ed "Doc" Ricketts. If he can prove it, his career will be made. And then, perhaps he can quiet the personal demons that haunt him. But first, he'll need some local help in his research, and Ben just may be able to supply him with access to the information he needs. It's clear to Hudson that the handsome, quietly passionate Ben needs some help, too--with Caddie and his life.

Sharing dinners and walks on the beach, intellectual discussions and heart-to-heart conversations, Ben and Hudson move from tentative friendship to a surprising, revelatory relationship, one with the power to point them toward the most important discoveries of their lives. For Ben, it's a summer of new beginnings, even as his daughter embarks on a dangerous course that will test the new happiness he's found...

Changing Tides is an extraordinary novel that explores the glorious flaws and frailties of human beings in the never-ending struggle to connect, to be open to love, and to embrace the unknown in order to live fully.

Praise For the novels Of Michael Thomas Ford

Full Circle

"Summer isn't the same without hitting the beach, getting a sunburn and devouring a deliciously soapy novel. Ford knows how to draw in a reader with sex and sin."--Entertainment Weekly

"Impactful...real...Ford's beautiful story makes it all seem possible and believable...these are rich characters, heartfelt descriptions and real-life happenings that resonate...allow yourself to get lost in this story."--The Lambda Book Report

"The characters' many brushes with homosexual history--Harvey Milk trolling for votes in gay bars, the unfurling of the first Rainbow flag, the sexual energy of early ACT UP meetings--will resonate with gay readers."--Publishers Weekly

Looking For It

"An insightful and entertaining read about what we seek, and what answers we find within and without."--Booklist

"Give Michael Thomas Ford credit for giving us a group of identifiable characters who do not live in L.A., NYC, or Miami, but in a small town like those where most readers actually live. It's also nice to see these characters addressing realistic differences of generation as well as spirituality, in addition to the usual mix of looking for love, dealing with internalized homophobia and creating support systems through friendships and families of choice."--Instinct

Last Summer


"He effectively draws his readers into the wild world of Provincetown...plenty of page-turning drama...a winner."--Entertainment Weekly

"A great summer novel that's perfect for the beach or a lazy weekend in a hammock out back. It has, indeed, the potential to become a gay classic. That's because Ford has succeeded in putting a little bit of each of us in his characters. But the real proof of the pudding: you'll find yourself thinking about these characters long after you've finished. In my book that's a sign of a remarkable talent."--The Letter

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781496706805
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
08/01/2008
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
File size:
677 KB

Meet the Author

Few authors write about the full spectrum of gay men's lives with as much warmth, honesty, humor, and compassion as Michael Thomas Ford. Now the bestselling author of Last Summer, Looking For It, and Full Circle, delivers a shimmering, heartwarming story of one summer in the lives of three people, of the elusive search for human connection--and the necessity of love.

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Changing Tides 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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BillyBear More than 1 year ago
Having read all Mr. Ford's Fictional books I found this not to be among his best. Slow for the first half It does pick up later. The "lost Manuscript" concept was better Handled in Felice Picano's "The Book Of Lies".
Guest More than 1 year ago
Unlike his other books, this book doesn't dive into some gay love infatuation or even a hottie in tight jeans or how the summer went for a bunch of gay guys haning out in some little town. Instead, the books keeps you on edge about the things you want to happen and the things you expect. The book is awesome! If you are familiar with Monterey Bay, the graphic detail is indepth and yet leaves room for you to add your own fantasy. You keep thinking, 'I know something erotic and sexy is about to happen' - but the questions keeps begging.... when?