Moon Tide: A Novel

Moon Tide: A Novel

by Dawn Tripp
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Moon Tide: A Novel by Dawn Tripp

Lush and fiercely beautiful, Moon Tide follows the lives of three women in a small fishing town on the Massachusetts coast, from 1913 to the Great New England Hurricane of 1938. With lyrical prose, wisdom, and insight, Dawn Clifton Tripp maps the shifting tensions in a small town on the verge of change. Like the growing weight of a storm, the lives in Westport Point build in emotional momentum even as the storm approaches, and the landscape of the earth comes to reflect the geography of the mind. A novel of love and loss, survival and revelation, Moon Tide is an extraordinary debut.

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ISBN-13: 9780375761164
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/11/2004
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.23(w) x 7.96(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

DAWN CLIFTON TRIPP graduated from Harvard with an A.B. in literature. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and son. This is her first novel.

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Moon Tide 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What is most amazing about this auspicious first novel is the pacing. Like the tides themselves, the book draws you in to moments of tension and lets you out in contemplations of beauty. I was sucked in, but never so deep that I couldn't slow down and revel in the poetic turns of phrase and rejoice at the love of language and life that infuses 'Moon Tide'. There is a description of unquestioned faith--'a crude and simple melding of her father's Christ, her mother's Saints, and the earthy superstitions all the Irish wore close to the skin. Her faith had never been something outside herself. never something she needed an object for. It came naturally to her...'-- that struck me simply as equally beautiful and right. A great read, that has kept me coming back to it all week. I have already bought copies for 3 friends!
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Carmliv More than 1 year ago
A simple story of deep personal longing and memory. Told with the power of nature and rhythms of the ocean in prose so beautiful it's almost poetry. A New England sea village entwined with lives of the summer folks and the locals with a unknown impending disaster in the making. This one is to keep and re-read. Will look for this author and future publications.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although too wordy and difficult to get through, the book boasts a great story line about a woman who sleeps with another's husband - written so intuitively it seems to come from personal experience. Beautiful insight into the mind of a woman who takes another's husband.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has some really poetic writing, but it is so bunched up and apparaently shoved in wherever another convoluted line could fit. The plot is slow, and not what I would call a slow burn - just slow. Because of the intense and wordy writing, I found myself having to go back a page to remember what I was reading about. I think a page or two at a time could be relished for the word crafting and description of Westport, but not in a novel format. The author should write lyrics to a song, where cool phrases one after the other sound good, versus a whole book of akwardly fit descriptions. Also, the plot had weird offshoots that made no sense - the graphic and misplaced lesbian affair in the middle, the new characters at the very end. The lesbian affair was especially out of the realm of beleivability for that character. It was as if the author just wanted to put one in somewhere, so she picked a spot and made room for it. I was born and raised in Westport, where the book takes place, and so many of the hurricane stories were simply lifted from old folks in the town, with no credit given. This book isn't worth the time it takes to get through it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Extra words don't make atmosphere... good writing does. Dawn Clifton Tripp weighs down a painfully slow plot with too many words, too many heavy descriptions. I am an avid and ravenous reader, but this book was like wading through mud for me, with no 'up-side'. Some books have this same wading-through-mud feeling, but then somehow something in the plot, the voice, makes it worthwhile. This book doesn't have any redeaming value to make up for it's weighed-down feeling. I do have to say that Dawn Clifton Tripp writes the part of Maggie absolutely brilliantly. Maggie is the adulterous woman who has sex with the married man, Blackwood. Clifton Tripp writes with such a realistic feel to Maggie, that one could beleive the author had once been in the same position. Maggie voice is so clear that the reader just knows that Cifton Tripp had to have had that same adulterous experience. Overall, it's not a worthwile read, even for Westport natives. The brilliant portrayal of an adulteror gives Clifton Tripp some writing worth bragging about, however.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a vivid, thoroughly satisfying read, a novel you can settle in with and plum forget about the world. This author is so damned skilled and inventive, she sets scenes in blazing fires and on raging rivers, switches character voices seamlessly, and even tells one part from the point of view of a hurricane. I was surprised I loved it so much ¿ I'm usually not a fan of historical novels. But MOON TIDE deserves a place in everyone¿s library! Instead of feeling remote, this fiction based in history feels immediate, even passionate. Dawn Clifton Tripp makes a lost era come alive, tells the rich saga of a community crawling with quirky characters, and offers a powerful love story. She is simply a great writer, one who can evoke the taste of food, the texture of land, the essence of human beings. This book will blow you away (no pun intended!). It will remind you of why you read. It's compelling and genuinely moving - don't miss it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
WOW! Tripp has a wonderful writing style rhythm that reminds me of the gentle ocean waves of the town of Westport, MA she writes about. As a New Englander I found it a captivating read that pulled me into an era gone by with confidence and passion. A wonderful cast of characters. Hard to believe this is a first time novel! I had just read the fast paced Da Vinci Code by a fellow New England author Dan Brown and found Moon Tide a wonderful Summer compliment that educated and entertained me in a completely different and intellectual way. This should be anybody's next read and you will not be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a woeful first novel. The story is so careless, so cliqued and so beneath the level to be found in most books today I had a hard time believing what I was reading. But what really lost me was the overwritten characters the author has created that do not transfer well into the history and circumstances of the time. This is supposed to be a historical novel. But it is more like modern characters placed in a historical time- that is probably why they something in the book just doesn't seem to mesh. From the nailkegs the fishermen sit on, to the way the workmen mend the stone fences, Tripp authortaritive voice simpley does not allow these characters and these people to come to life. Further, her depiction of the approaching hurricane is dull and lifeless. She renders anti-climatic one of the most dramatic disasters of all time with her ponderous, overwritten prose. In total, this work of fiction is lacking in almost everything one desires in a novel. Solemn writing, lifeless characters, no meaningful insights into the historical world the characters inhabit, and a stagnant plot that keeps one wishing for the story to finally end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story is like a band with everyone playing a different song. While each voice may be melodious alone, together they move in too many directions at once- making an imcomprehensible racket with no beat and no underlying direction. The characters can be nicely depicted at times, but the plot and the overall story is truly disappointing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book soooo slow in getting to the point and heart of the story on nearly every level. So much time is spent reflecting on the details of the landscape and early coastal living that I never really find out anything meaningful about the characters, or the driving force of the story-the hurricane. I have heard of slow build-ups, but this was just agony. I wonder if anyone could really live the way the author portrays- constantly in the narcissistic annals of their own mind, without regard for those around them or others feelings. If a character examines something over and over, it doesn't make them empathetic. In the same way, if you put words down together for 300 pages, it doesn't make it a book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If one of my students turned this in as a creative writing assignment I would say, 'It is a wonderful attempt..but you failed to do the assignment.' There is no story to this novel, just a few well turned phrases. Because of this it can be a confusing and bumpy read.