X marks the spot for Bellingham, Washington, on Anna Medina s self-discovery map.
Twenty-five-year-old Annarestless, famished and emotionally numbis following the long-cold trail of her father, a celebrated luthier, whose death has always haunted her. She has tracked his former business partner to a sailboat on Bellingham Bay, determined to pry from the old man the secrets of their guitarmaking trade, and maybe a few answers about her father.
Anna catches an echo of her musical father in Arlan, guitar player for a local band. Soon she s living on his sofa, hanging out with his girlfriendhaving friends for the first time, even. And if Anna s new friends do drugs, read her journal and leave open a few too many bedroom doors, who s to say they aren t real friends? And if Anna has feelings for Arlan, who s to say where her loyalty lies?
During a single summer s worth of days, gin-soaked and colored with longing, Anna rediscovers her senses, shut down since her father s death, and finds that the only way to get free of her past is to embrace it.
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Firtree grabs a bunch and leaves, coming back and getting more.
This book had me hooked from the moment I picked it up. However, I expected it to be a novel about a girl who had a great summer and fell in love. Boy, was I wrong(sorta). It IS a book about a girl who had a great summer and fell in love, but it's also about what happens when that boy has a girlfriend that he loves who happens to be your new friend and they are both your new roommates. The main character feels lost in her previous life and decides to seek out and learn about her past while deciding her future. It was not a predictable novel at all but instead showed how easy it is to get sidetracked and find a whole new way to live. It had a captivating voice that made me feel exactly what the main character was feeling. I could really relate to her while she was searching, floundering, and then finding her path.
In San Francisco, twenty-five-year-old Anna Medina is stunned following the death of her father, renowned for the guitars he created for some of the legends like Garcia. Though she rarely connected with him, she feels a deep need to learn more about him. Her obsession over her dad leads to Anna unable to show up at her meaningless data entry job so her boss at After Hours fires her. Her relationship with Derek for the past five years is in a death watch rut so with the groovy encouragement of her Aunt Rosie, Anna decides to track her sire starting with his partner, Elliot Bender in Bellingham Bay, Washington.---- Part of Anna¿s goal is to learn the trade secrets that her dad and Eliot have horded as well as discovering the essence of who her father was. In Washington State, she soon hears a guitar sound similar to that of her father when she hears Arlan perform. She moves in with Arlan, but has some doubts about the company he keeps including the members of the band; they do drugs and interfere with her relationship with her beloved, but they also befriend her at a time when she needs friends.---- This character study focuses on identity as Anna feels lost from more than just her loss and seeks solace in following her illustrious father¿s footsteps. Her relationships with her dad¿s partner, Arlan, and his friends provide the audience with even more insight to her longing to belong even if it means gin and drugs. Fans will cherish this deep look at one woman¿s emotional return to the living following spending a SUMMER IN THE LAND OF SKIN.---- Harriet Klausner
I couldn't put this one down - what a great read! The characters are so deep, and the story moves along so easily. I love this book! I recommend it to anyone!