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The One True Ocean is a searing "what happened?" novel driven by suspense and tension when a twenty-something artist returns to her abandoned childhood home ...
The One True Ocean is a searing "what happened?" novel driven by suspense and tension when a twenty-something artist returns to her abandoned childhood home and begins to dig into her past. In a search for answers to her aunt's suicide and her father's identity, Jenna discovers that her seaside house holds dark secrets that will unravel her family history and shatter the truth she has come to believe.
In this eloquent debut novel, Sarah Beth Martin mixes dark psychology and real emotion with breathless storytelling to explore the deep connections between past and present, love and loss, the dead and the living.
PART TWO The Origins of Things -23
PART THREE A More Horrible Death -57
PART FOUR The Rift -83
PART FIVE The Color of Water -111
PART SIX The Thaw -139
PART SEVEN Awakening -165
PART EIGHT The Calm -203
PART NINE The Living-229
PART TEN A Fertile Green -255
PART ELEVEN Buried Things -269
PART TWELVE The Umbilical -281
PART THIRTEEN Undertow -299
PART FOURTEEN In the Wake of Green -317
Posted October 6, 2003
The One True Ocean is wonderfully conceived, expertly rendered and a remarkable achievement. While the plot focuses on family secrets and things hidden--both physically hidden, and those areas of the mind we often hide from ourselves--the novel's greatest strengths are rich characters who impact strongly on the reader (certainly they did me), and a prose style which is both lyrical and compelling. The relationship between Jenna and her mother and father as she struggles to cope with the loss of her husband Seth is tense, believable and ultimately touching. All the characters connect in a way that is human and real. Sarah Beth Martin shows a strong sensitivity for the way people really are with each other, as well as a keen sense of story and storytelling. As Jenna's life unravels around her--just as the secrets of her mother's and her own past do--the reader is taken along on a wild emotional ride, culminating in an understanding which, while sad in a way, is very satisfying and rings true.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 10, 2003
Sarah Beth Martin is a remarkable new voice in contemporary women's fiction. This debut novel is so honest, with such an incredibly compelling and gripping narrative drive, that it's hard to put down once you pick it up. The characters are incredibly well drawn, and their circumstances are so real, so tragic, that it takes your breath away when you learn the secrets that are revealed as the story plays out. I hope Ms. Martin will continue to share her wonderful voice and storytelling ability for years to come. I will certainly recommend this book to everyone I know, and might even read it again to capture moments and passages missed the first time.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.