The Running Waves

The Running Waves

by T.M. Murphy, Seton Murphy

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It’s the summer of 1994. O.J. Simpson is chased in his white Bronco, the Beastie Boys have just released Ill Communication, and the Major League Baseball strike is looming.

For 19-year-old Colin Brennan living in Silver Shores Cape Cod, summertime should be one of the best times of his young life. But the beautiful scenery is instead a constant reminder of what happened the previous year.

Colin is haunted by the memory of a tragic accident that took the lives of his two best friends.

Life is spiraling out of control for Colin, a former lifeguard once headed to college on a swimming scholarship, but now works as a shoe salesman. He started drinking so he could remember his friends - now he drinks to forget them.

Colin’s 23-year-old brother Dermot wants to help his little brother, but he can’t even help himself. He’s dealing with his own loss – a breakup with the girl he thought was “the one.”

After spending the winter in Ireland writing for a newspaper and trying to forget Francesca, Dermot returns to “The Shores” to work at the Island Ferry parking lot. He talks a lot about becoming a writer, but will he ever write?

The Brennan brothers were raised by loving parents who stressed the motto “Love one another and stick together”. But they are quickly drifting apart.

Where are these brothers going?

With mixed tapes representing the soundtrack of the Brennan brothers’ lives, and humor used to mask their problems, The Running Waves is a novel about unresolved grief, substance abuse, break-ups, young love, baseball, movies, brotherly relationships, and the thorny road to redemption.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013993563
Publisher: Publishing Works, Inc.
Publication date: 08/11/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 279
File size: 416 KB

About the Author

T.M. Murphy, featured in the book 101 Highly Successful Novelists, is the author of the several books for kids. Murphy spends his time teaching creative writing at Boston College, touring schools to motivate young people to write, and also teaching writing during the summer at The Writers’ Shack in his hometown of Falmouth, Ma. The Running Waves is Murphy’s first novel for adults, but not his last. He is currently working on a serial killer murder mystery tentatively titled, The Macabre Trophies. For more information about T.M. Murphy check out his websites and

Seton Murphy lives and works outside of Boston, but grew up in Falmouth, Massachusetts, in a family of writers. He is a graduate of Bridgewater State College. His influences include Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, Tom Brady, Beck, and his parents. This is his first book.

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The Running Waves 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
mutedtempest on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Running Waves tells the story of two brothers, Colin and Dermot. Colin is in the process of destroying his life with booze and drugs after the death of his two friends, and Dermot is basically doing nothing with his life after being dumped by what's later revealed to be a summer love. The book has good intentions, and while it was an easy read, I really couldn't get into it. Dermot's problems especially seemed very strange to me, and I couldn't understand why he was so broken up a year after being dumped by his summer fling. Colin's grief and his reactions to it were a lot more realistic, but the constant descriptions of him being high and drunk and talking to his friends as if they're all gang members got very old. I know the authors were trying to make the language authentic, but I shuddered every time I read the nicknames and tough guy speak. The conclusion was quite sudden and seemed incredibly simple, which may be true to life in these situations but really didn't seem as if it needed a year to get to. The story just seemed like a lot of filler and no real direction. The dialogue was often very odd as well. The format turned me off a lot. It was an online novel, and couldn't be downloaded as a pdf. The reader program on the website was extremely annoying. I'd say making it available as a pdf file and allowing it to be downloaded and saved to the computer would be really helpful.
girlfromshangrila on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the story of Colin and Dermot Brennan, two brothers that used to be pretty tight growing up, and have now fallen apart. The book begins with a hung-over Colin trying to keep his stomach's contents in, and a numb, weary Dermont heading home after a season in Ireland.19-year-old Colin, who works at a shoe store full time, is tumbling down a road of self-destruction at full speed, hanging out with the wrong guys, doing drugs and drinking himself inconscious on a regular basis. Dermot, 23, does nothing but 'cry over his drink' about his ex-girlfriend and work at a parking lot instead of writing, which is his dream. Or was his dream. Both kids are torn by grief and dealing with it the worst possible way. Dermont is heartbroken after 'the love of his life' dumped him, and Colin is mourning the death of his two best friends the year before.I had to force myself to finish this book. The story is awfully slow in unfolding, but the worst part is the attempts of the author of capturing young men's talk and spirit. 90% of the characters are guys, which are constantly swearing and hitting on girls and getting wasted and bickering at each other. It gets real old real fast, especially the slang and cursing.Redeeming features: the end. It is not poetry, but explains a lot. And it is satisfying to see these kids have a resolution after all they have been through. The music references were nice to have around, too. Many of the songs cited reminded me of those great summer days in the early-to-mid 90's. And there is *one* likeable character, Eric, who sadly doesn't get much time 'on stage'.Male readers in their thirties might enjoy this book.
RedBowlingBallRuth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was an ER-book. Set in 1994's Cape Cod, [The Running Waves] tells the story of the Brenann brothers Colin and Dermot. Both the boys' life are heading down two different, yet equally destructive, paths; Colin drinking and abusing drugs in order to escape and forget, and Dermot neglecting following his dreams and thus throwing his life away. As the story progresses the truth behind last summers tragedy unfolds, and we watch as the brothers comes to terms with the ordeal and finally begins healing. Overall I really enjoyed this novel. It took me quite some time getting into the story; there's a lot of words and very little actually happening, but when I did I enjoyed it. The novel is also a bit too heavy on the dialouge - speaking of which was really silly at times. A bit muddy to begin with, but well worth trudging through!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A beautifully written story about two brothers coming to terms with grief and loss. This is a true coming of age story. I cannot wait to read what the Murphy brothers write next!
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The Murphy brothers have hit a home run! This book shows a side of Cape Cod most people don't know about. I found this impossible to put down. I couldn't wait to see what would happen next. I felt connected to the Brennan brothers and were rooting for them. There is a perfect mixture of fun and laughter along with real life drama. This is a MUST read book!! Perfect for summer!
EricaBabini More than 1 year ago
This book is so much more than just a great Summer read. I picked it up while on vacation on the Cape and, from the start, I couldn't put it down. What drew me in immediately was the pop culture references that put me right back to my senior year in high school- from the mix tapes to the Breeders. Just a few chapters in, you find yourself completely engrossed in the characters' lives. The Murphy brothers cover loss, devastation, substance abuse, friends, and family, in a way any reader can relate to. (Who hasn't had the quintessential Jeff Buckley "Last Goodbye" moment? Who doesn't have their own "Molloy"?) The best part about this book is the fact it continues to get better and better, page by page. By the end I wanted to be part of the Brennan family myself. This is an inspiring story about brotherhood- I would highly, highly recommend it to anyone.