The Odd Sea

The Odd Sea

by Frederick Reiken
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The Odd Sea by Frederick Reiken

One sunny spring morning, 16-year-old Ethan Shumway walks down his gravel driveway and vanishes without a trace. A gifted athlete and musician, he leaves behind a wake of family and friends who search for understanding in the unbearable presence of loss.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385333382
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/28/1999
Edition description: 1 ED
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 886,552
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Frederick Reiken holds a B.A. from Princeton and an M.F.A. from the University of California, Irvine. His first novel, The Odd Sea, was chosen by Booklist as one of the 20 Best First Novels of the Year and won the Hackney Literary Award.

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The Odd Sea 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
TheFeudist More than 1 year ago
This is an outstanding novel, beautifully paced and restrained. While it depicts the inexplicable disappearance of a family's favorite son/brother, it avoids sentimentality and finds truth and redemption in strange and interesting places. The author deftly explores the three remaining siblings' rise through sexual maturity and their grappling with guilt and other complex feelings in a surprisingly gripping narrative. I found the book hard to put down and highly recommend it.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was simply a very enjoyable read. Although it may have lacked a bit in plot, the manner and style in which it was written was simply beautiful. I finished the book the day I bought it and have recommended it to many. Frederick Reiken's second novel 'The Lost Legends of New Jersey' is superb as well!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The word 'masterpiece' gets thrown around far too loosely in the world of literature and that is unfortunate when a truly amazing novel such as Frederick Reiken's 'The Odd Sea' finds you. The book uses wonderful storytelling techniques and keeps you mesmerized by it's fantastic characters. Reiken sums up the narrative in the chapter six when he states 'what seems most beautiful is usually that which brings us back to what is absent'. In this story we see how a young person deals with the loss of a loved one and also what is lacking in our world of literary 'masterpieces'. One reading will make clear what is absent in most current releases and make you long for more gems like 'The Odd Sea'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very odd book. I liked the way it was writen. It didn't, however, have much of a plot. It was worth the time that it took to read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was awsome i couldnt put it down. if you like eerie stories you'll love this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Odd Sea is the best book I have read in a very long time. His use of language and landscape are stunning. He has created such intimate beauty in the midst of a family's tragedy. The characters are extremely well formed, and you end up feeling like part of the family. You connect with their emotions, and feel their joys and pains. I had the pleasure of meeting Frederick Reiken when he gave an ovation at my college. He is a wonderful novelist and speaker. To hear excerpts of the book read from the person who knows it best was an incredible experience. I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone. Once you start reading, it's only a matter of time before you get swept up in the 'Odd Sea' yourself!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is very powerful; I couldn't put it down. Phillip is the kind of boy you want to be life-long friends with. His innocence and the way in which he discovers who his brother was are so real. You don't know if you want him to be your brother or your boyfriend or best friend, but you want to be a part of his life. And you want to know his brother Ethan too. You so desperately want to help Phillip find what he is looking for that it nearly pains you. Phillips emotions are so real; read this book, you will lose yourself in it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book brings you back to the terrible reality.But you enjoy it.It makes you realise that something like that can happed to everybody at any time.