Breathtaking in its suspense and beauty, Carry Me Across the Water is the story of a man’s turbulent journey, with his family, through the central years of the twentieth century. Young August Kleinman escapes from Nazi Germany to America, where his mother’s words—“Take the advice of no one”—fate him to a life of boldness and originality, from the poor streets of New York to the marble mansions of industrial Pittsburgh, from old world Hamburg to the jungle islands of the Pacific. Ultimately, near the end of a long and bountiful life, his resolution of a haunting encounter with a Japanese soldier during World War Two finally illuminates, at the deepest levels, the way authentic lives truly unfold. From the writer hailed as “the most mature and accomplished novelist of his generation” (Alan Cheuse, National Public Radio) comes this “exquisitely modulated short novel” (Los AngelesTimes), which “eases its silky-smooth way into a reader’s consciousness even as it plumbs the depths” (Newsday).
Ethan Canin is the author of For Kings and Planets, The Palace Thief, Blue River, and Emperor of Air. He is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and on the faculty of the University of Iowa’s Workshop. He lives in California and Iowa.
Iowa City, IA
Date of Birth:
July 19, 1960
Place of Birth:
Ann Arbor, MI
A.B., Stanford, 1982; M.F.A., University of Iowa, 1984; M.D., Harvard Medical School, 1991
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More than 1 year ago
Ethan Canin's third novel is an eloquent, lyrical tale about an older man's attempt to find meaning in his suffering. The author's use of tone and imagery is stirring and evocative. In addition, Canin has perfected the art of precision, using only that which is necessary. The language is spare, but not brooding. Neither is there a superfluous word or sentence in the entire work. At times comic, at others tragic, this novel is always poignant and touching.
More than 1 year ago
Excellent, interesting and heart warming story of a man's life. Perfectly told without the use of foul language or descriptive sexual encounters, a real plus in this day and age! Loved it!