Changing Tides

Changing Tides

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by Michael Thomas Ford
     
 

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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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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.

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 But the sweet, happy child he remembers has been replaced by a wounded, angry stranger who resents everything about her father.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.

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Publishers Weekly

Ford (Full Circle; Last Summer) bridges the gap between gay romance and mainstream fiction in his latest. Ben Ransome, a 40-something marine biologist living modestly in Monterey, Calif., is anxious about his 16-year-old daughter's summer stay. It's been nine years since they've seen each other, and when Caddie arrives, she's a bit icy toward her wayward father. Ford explores vividly and honestly a teen girl's longing for love and a place in the world. He then furthers the theme of finding one's self when Ben meets Hudson, a Ph.D. candidate in town to investigate an unfinished Steinbeck manuscript. The men bond over stories of Steinbeck's Monterey and instantly become pals. As Caddie finds a man of her own and a heretofore straight Ben grapples with his feelings for Hudson, Ben also learns a few things about fatherhood. A deft sense of place and a handle on romance-both Ben's and Caddie's-that's neither sappy nor shallow will help set this one apart. (Sept.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780758210609
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
08/01/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

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The Story     15
Meditations
Mercy Me: Psalm 51 and Everyday Life     21
On Being Sustained     23
Something in My Hands I Bring     25
Big Grace     27
A Rabbi and Two Imams     30
Accurate Self-assessment     32
Violent Grace     34
Aren't You Glad You're Not Like David?     36
No More "If Only"     38
Something Bigger     41
Romans 7     43
Darkness and Light     45
The Dance of Redemption     48
Sin-It's Everywhere, It's Everywhere!     50
Sinners and Unafraid     53
The Gospel of Prosperity     55
Somebody Else     57
Unfailing Love     59
The Lord's Prayer     61
Nathan's Legacy     63
What in the World Is Hyssop?     65
Moral Vulnerability     68
Everyone's a Teacher     71
Natal Trauma     73
Wrecking Balls and Restoration     76
When God Is Glad     78
Sin Is a Relationship     81
The Holy of Holies     83
TheTerrible Trinity     86
Longing for Jesus     89
Already, Not Yet     91
Your Ultimate Fear     93
Building the Walls     95
Enough     98
What Does It Have to Do with Me?     100
Immanuel     102
Hoping for a Broken Heart     104
Wisdom Is a Person     108
The Hardening of the Heart     110
The Grace of a Clean Heart     113
Righteous Judgment     116
God's Pleasure     119
Sermon on the Mount     123
Appealing to God's Glory     126
Sacrifices     129
The Amazing Grace of Self-knowledge     132
Forgiveness     135
Grace That Hides     138
Broken Bones     140
Ready, Willing, and Waiting     143
Reductionism     146
Celebrating Redemption     150

Meet the Author

Michael Thomas Ford is award-winning author of numerous books, including the popular "Trials from My Queer Life" series of essay collections, and the novels Last Summer, Looking for It and Tangled Sheets. He lives in San Francisco with his partner and four very bad dogs.

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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?