Salt Water

Salt Water

Charles Simmons


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In the summer of 1963 I fell in love and my father drowned....

So begins this sweet, ominous novel by Charles Simmons. Set against an idyllic landscape of water, sand, and sky, it recounts in exquisite detail the momentous events of a boy's 16th summer that reveal to him the dark facts of adult passion. On Bone Point, an island off the New England coast, the boy's long, lazy days of boating and swimming are sharpened by a growing awareness of his charismatic father's infidelities. Add to this the presence of a flirtatious middle-aged woman and her beautiful 20-year-old daughter, who have rented the guesthouse, and the tale is set in motion. This tautly constructed novel is both startling and haunting—an irresistible story of memory, desire, and suspense.


Charles Simmons:
Charles Simmons is the award-winning author of several novels, including Wrinkles and The Belles Lettres Papers. An editor at the New York Times for 20 years, he lives in New York City and eastern Long Island.