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Fiction
Author: Frederick Reiken
ISBN: 0385333382
Subcategory: Genre Fiction
Pages 224 pages
Publisher Delta (July 13, 1999)
Language English
Category: Fiction
Rating: 4.2
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by Frederick Reiken


extraordinarily good first novel. The story has a dark, dreamlike quality, and author Reiken tells it with no melodrama nor any word out of place.

Only 9 left in stock (more on the way). extraordinarily good first novel. A luminous parable about growing up, about the necessity of dealing with inevitable loss and questions that cannot be answered. Reiken is a smoothly seductive storyteller.

Frederick Reiken is an American author from Livingston, New Jersey known for his novels and short stories. Reiken attended the Pingry School, Princeton University and the University of California, Irvine. His first novel, The Odd Sea (1998), won the Hackney Literary Award and was selected one of the best first novels of the year by Library Journal and Booklist. Reiken's second novel, The Lost Legends of New Jersey (2000), earned a place on the New York Times "Notable Book" list

The Odd Sea by Frederick Reiken is a wonderful story about the effects of grief on a family and the power of letting go. The story is beautifully crafted, following Philip Shumway's 5-year journey to try to make sense of the disapperance of his older brother Ethan

The Odd Sea by Frederick Reiken is a wonderful story about the effects of grief on a family and the power of letting go. The story is beautifully crafted, following Philip Shumway's 5-year journey to try to make sense of the disapperance of his older brother Ethan. Along the way, he sees the effects of his brother's disapperance on his depressed mother and distant father.

A teenage boy is missing. There's a quiet earnestness in Frederick Reiken's writing that I find very appealing. I see some similarity with Brad Kessler's work in the way Reiken's characters use art, music, literature, and love of nature to soothe their grieving hearts. Two things about this book stay with me. First is the way the Shumway family members support and encourage each other throughout the ordeal rather than having it This is a short but powerful story that won the Hackney Literary Award for a first novel.

About The Odd Sea. A haunting first novel that takes a horrifying family calamity and turns it into a form of magic . On a sunny spring morning, sixteen-year-old Ethan Shumway walks down his gravel driveway, turns the bend, and vanishes without a trace.

At the heart of this gem of a novel lies a mystery. Sixteen-year-old Ethan Shumway walks down the driveway one spring morning and simply disappears

At the heart of this gem of a novel lies a mystery. Sixteen-year-old Ethan Shumway walks down the driveway one spring morning and simply disappears. An amazingly good novel.

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Frederick Reiken lives in the US where he has worked as a reporter and columnist. Currently a member of the writing faculty at Emerson College, he is the author of the novels The Odd Sea and The Lost Legends of New Jersey. Библиографические данные.

From the critically acclaimed author of The Odd Sea, a poignant and magical coming-of-age story that "deftly explores the .

Anthony Rubin is a rising high school hockey star faced with a family that is falling apart. His father has had an affair with Anthony's best friend's mother and his own mother has abandoned the family for Florida. Merging the commonplace and the mythological, Frederick Reiken's richly layered second novel presents unforgettable characters whose lives seem at once familiar and archetypal.

“A haunting first novel that takes a horrifying family calamity and turns it into a form of magic.”—The New York TimesOn a sunny spring morning, sixteen-year-old Ethan Shumway walks down his gravel driveway, turns the bend, and vanishes without a trace. As police search for clues, Ethan's devastated family and friends—from his parents and four siblings to the older woman who was more than a teacher to Ethan—grapple for answers in the teenager's enigmatic life. As this elusive mystery slowly weaves its way into the fabric of the family, Ethan's younger brother, Philip, becomes the last, most stubborn searcher of all: a boy caught between the power and fragility of youth, between the bonds and fissures of family, searching for understanding in the unbearable presence of loss.Praise for The Odd Sea“A powerful debut novel.”People“[An] extraordinarily good first novel . . . The story has a dark, dreamlike quality, and author Reiken tells it with no melodrama nor any word out of place.”Time“A luminous parable about growing up, about the necessity of dealing with inevitable loss and questions that cannot be answered . . . Reiken is a smoothly seductive storyteller. He has talent for telling but not telling, for revealing only enough information to whet our appetite.”Newsday
Bluddefender
One of the beauties of having the privilege of writing reviews in this section of Amazon.com is finding friends in fellow booklovers, comparing notes online, and discovering new books that otherwise might have escaped in the mass of new releases. Thank you, Joe, for this gift - THE ODD SEA. Frederick Reiken has authored a little miracle of a story that is unique, wondrously lucent despite the complexity of its components, and is one of the most tender novels about that ambiguous word "love" currently available. Why this did not become an instant best seller can only be blamed on the advertising that was lacking at the time of release. If word of mouth could ever be as powerful a force as we hope, the THE ODD SEA will surely rise again.
The title is a simplification (or is it?) of "The Odyssey" which in turn refers to travelling the sea of life and of the beyond with all the inherent obstacles, bonds, losses and fortunes. The story is so well related in the Editorial Section that repetition seems unnecessary. In the most elegantly simple prose this story of a disappearing brother and the aftermath on a family and a town is a path toward discovery - of the meaning of familial love, understanding and acceptance of individuality, and the profound way that what begins as a tragedy can be so positive a force for the audience who bears witness. Rarely have even the most minor characters in a novel been so precisely drawn. What could have been a maudlin tale is quite the opposite: this is a story of self discovery, of coming of age, of familial bonding, of whatever we choose to see as an afterlife. Even while reading this book, entranced by the story, it is impossible not to relate the story to events in our lives that have had similar effects. In short, THE ODD SEA is a gift to us all and I can only offer a whispered "thank you" to Mr. Reiken......and to Joe. Read this Book!
Eseve
The main story here is of a child disappearance, but it is also a coming of age tale. I initially read it because I was curious to see an author's take on what a family goes through when a child disappears. The book is so much more than that though. It's a mystery, it's a study in family psychology, it's the growth and emotional maturation of a young man. It's a book I've read a few times. I truly love it and always recommend it.
santa
For weeks, this novel sat on my bookshelf, unnoticed and unassuming. A few days ago, I picked it up because it was on my summer reading list and my English teacher had reccommended it to me. I am very glad I did.

The Odd Sea by Frederick Reiken is a wonderful story about the effects of grief on a family and the power of letting go. The story is beautifully crafted, following Philip Shumway's 5-year journey to try to make sense of the disapperance of his older brother Ethan. Along the way, he sees the effects of his brother's disapperance on his depressed mother and distant father. He recieves new perspectives on the situation from his three sisters- brash, bitchy Amy, no-nonsense, understanding Halley, and naive, bubbly Dana. And he finally begins to understand what he never knew about Ethan's life, particularly about his relationships with his girlfriend Melissa and his mentor Victoria, as well as his love for art and the guitar.

I was expecting to see many parallels to Homer's epic The Odyssey, and at first, I couldn't find them. After a while, I began to realize that this novel is not about the physical journey, but the mental and emotional one. Frederick Reiken has created a gem of a story with real characters in a vivid setting. I became engrossed in the story within just a few pages and couldn't put it down. If you enjoyed The Lovely Bones and want another perspective on the effects of death on a family, I would wholeheartedly reccommend this novel.
mr.Mine
I picked up this novel in late 1999 when I was just seventeen years old. I saw it in my local bookstore, and was intrigued by the cover. After reading the brief summary on the back cover, I took it to the check-out desk, paid, and walked out of the store, not knowing that my literary life was about to change forever.

This little novel has since been an annual read of mine. I look forward to the first snowfall of each winter, which is when I take The Odd Sea off the shelf for yet another read.

The characters, and equally the settings, come alive with the prose of Frederick Reiken. After having read this book so many times, I have come to think of the characters not as fictional creations, but as living entities. Reiken has an ability, matched only by John Steinbeck, to create characters and settings that seem to defy confinement to the pages upon which they are printed.

In my own fiction writing, no other book has had a greater influence on my style, form, or content. I cannot state strongly enough how rewarding of a read The Odd Sea truly is.
monotronik
THE ODD SEA

Meet the Shumway family, whose story is narrated through their youngest son, Philip. Ethan, who is sixteen years old at the time, walks out of the house, down the drive, and out of everyone's lives forever.

What happened to Ethan? Where is he? Is he alive or dead? Read this book and find out. Through Philip's narrative, we find how the rest of his family and community copes with Ethan's disapperance. We travel through the next five years with this family, living their hopes and dreams, feeling their pain at having lost someone they love. However, I did not find this book depressing, but rather uplifting.

The characters are people you will care about -- Philip who struggles with missing his brother, his sisters - Amy in particular, who is a bitch and knows it, but is really the only family member who can face the facts -- his parents, the friends, the people in town. This is a short book, but truly sensitive on the disturbing matter of missing children.

I would highly recommend this book to everyone and anyone. From the first page I was engrossed and enjoyed it immensely.

Thank you!
Pam