"…witty, profound, and beautifully observed…"
— Margot Livesey
"Hart's Maine landscape is rich with eccentric characters…the reader will float on a cloud nine of classy entertainment."
— Mameve Medwed
"[Float] is all of these things: joyful and troubling, hilarious and somber, evocative and introspective."
— Stefanie Freele, Necessary Fiction
When everything around you is sinking, sometimes it takes desperate measures to stay afloat.
When Duncan Leland looks down at the garbage-strewn beach beneath his office window, he sees the words God Help Us scrawled in the sand. While it seems a fitting message—not only is Duncan’s business underwater, but his marriage is drowning as well—he goes down to the beach to erase it. Once there, he helps a seagull being strangled by a plastic six-pack holder—the only creature in worse shape than he is at the moment.
Duncan rescues the seagull, not realizing that he’s being filmed by a group of conceptual artists and that the footage will soon go viral, turning both him and the gull into minor celebrities. And when an unsavory yet very convincing local, Osbert Marpol, talks him into a not-quite-legitimate loan arrangement, Duncan can’t help but agree in a last-ditch attempt to save the jobs of his employees.
For a while, it seems as if things are finally looking up for Duncan—yet between his phone-sex-entrepreneur ex-girlfriend’s very public flirtations and the ever-mysterious terms of his new loan, Duncan realizes that there’s no such thing as strings-free salvation—and that it’s only a matter of time before the tide rises ominously around him again.
A wry tale of financial desperation, conceptual art, insanity, infertility, seagulls, marital crisis, jellyfish, organized crime, and the plight of a plastic-filled ocean, JoeAnn Hart’s novel takes a smart, satirical look at family, the environment, and life in a hardscrabble seaside town in Maine.
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About the Author
JoeAnn's essays, articles, and short fiction have appeared in a wide variety of literary journals and national publications, and she is a regular contributor to the Boston Globe Magazine. Her work has won a number of awards, including the PEN New England Discovery Award in Fiction. She and her husband tend a few farm animals, including two donkeys from Save Your Ass Rescue. In fair weather, Hart rows a dory around the harbor.
Float was a finalist for the Dana Award in the Novel, and the first two chapters, slightly modified, won the Doug Fir Fiction Award for a short story relating to environmental issues.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Duncan Leland's business and marriage are drowning in a sea of forgetfulness. If Duncan soon doesn't do something he'll lose them both. Duncan is caught rescuing seagull on camera becoming something of an overnight sensation. Duncan and his wife Cora are trying to get pregnant through invitro fertizlation. Duncan has strange relationship with his mother and brother. Duncan is offered a way to save his company and jumps at the chance reluctantly. Can Duncan's business be saved? Can Duncan's marriage be saved as well? Will Duncan remain in a sea of forgetfulness? Your answers await you in Float. Honestly this book took awhile to pick up it's pace. I had trouble keeping my mind on what I was reading which is something that I usually don't have a problem doing. Personally I think some more editing needed to be done to make a better book. I found no grammar and punctuation errors in the book. I appreciated the author's efforts this just wasn't the book for me.
I loved the characters in the book. And the ending made me laugh.