Swimming Sweet Arrow: A Novel

Swimming Sweet Arrow: A Novel

by Maureen Gibbon

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Evangeline Starr Raybuck — plain-spoken, lusty, and hardworking — and June Keel are high school seniors, best friends going out with best friends, working together at Noecker's chicken farm after school. Vangie and June make out with their boyfriends together in the same car; they pass dirty notes to each other during the day at school. They tell each other everything: "That was the kind of friends we were".

After they graduate, things begin to shift. Vangie gets a job waitressing and moves in with Del; June, unable to get a job anywhere but the local factory, moves in with Ray and his older brother Luke. As they become more involved in their lives with their men, they see each other infrequently, but not so seldom that it doesn't become clear to Vangie that there's something dangerous going on, that June has crossed a line with the men in her life that even Vangie would not.

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ISBN-13: 9780316355568
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 08/08/2001
Edition description: 1ST BACK B
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.55(d)

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Swimming Sweet Arrow: A Novel 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
A very honest, insightful look at female sexuality. A very erotic novel, but also so much more, with terrific characters and a fast pace. Sexy and light, trully unforgettable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Two best friends, Vangie Raybuck and June Keel did everything together like double-dating with their boyfriends, etc. After they graduate high school, their friendship changes. The character I didn't like was main character Vangie. She seemed like a confused person. This book gets five stars, because, author Maureen Gibbon seems to know what goes on inside a young girl's head.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read this book over and over again. Not because of the sex and drugs, but because it is a coming of age story and some of Vangie's thoughts and actions remind me of what I would do in those situations. I think it is a great story about friendship and love, with an erotic twist. My favorite thing about the book is it takes place at sweet arrow lake. My grandparents own a cottage across from it
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was awesome. from the first three lines of the book, you're hooked. it's honest and it tells the truth of how life is and the things you have to put up with and do as a female in this world. i definitely recommend it. all my guy friends refer to it as the 'sex book' but it's a lot deeper than just sex. its a book every girl should read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was amazing. Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down. It's one of the few honest books I've ever read about what it's like to grow up female, and it's one of the few honest books about sex. I could relate to Vangie and her friend June -- to their dilemmas, their feelings and their experiences. The book is shocking in places, but that's because there's so much truth in it. It makes me think of those photos by Walker Evans in LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS MEN. Gibbon doesn't turn away from the un-beautiful, and the result is a book that is strong and haunting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Raw and uncompromising, Swimming Sweet Arrow shows us Vangie's effort to transcend the brutality in her life. Gibbon's book explores her suffering, her sass and bravado, the grace in her grim survival. But Swimming Sweet Arrow tells also us just as much about ourselves--what moves us, how we waste and lose our lives, and where we finally find benediction.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this novel straight through. The pacing is so strong that it pulls you in. I couldn't stop reading--mainly because the narrator, Vangie, speaks so directly. At times the frank voice felt searing and unmodulated, something like reading a journal. In some other hands, the recklessness of Vangie, her working-class, small town situation, more typically would receive irony, veiled condescension. Swimming Sweet Arrow demands you to approach Vangie's life on her terms. In a way, like Zola, but with optimism. This book gives you a different take on sex, choices, life. It is unlike anything I've read