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Circles in the Water by Robert Hays
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Circles in the Water

by Robert Hays

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Yeah yeah yeah i know the year is still new but i have to say this anyway....CIRCLES IN THE WATER is right at the top of the list of best books for 2014. ( i've read 12 so far )

Do you remember back in the day when we hung out with our best pals all the time.... and the neighborhood was our world ? No matter where you grew up the idea is the same.... You KNEW whose folks would feed you, and whose you shied away from. Where the best tree climbing was, and who had the best 'hanging out' yard. Life in Conway S.C.was like that for Jimmie,Colletta, Donnie and Ray-Gene. Life was simple and slow..but.. the older they got the more 'real' life intruded. And through Robert Hays' words we watch it unfold.
The characters pop off the pages....you sense the subtle changes...and you'll wind up reminiscing about the what we consider to be our good ol' days.
Read the story as seen through the eyes of Jimmie, his growing love of Colletta, the fear, the excitement, the let-downs, and the ultimate demise of childhood dreams.
  linda.marsheells | Feb 6, 2014 |
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When young Jimmie Broder witnesses the death of a friend's father in a brutal domestic quarrel, he's left with a sense of helplessness and an unwitting habit of taking the easy way out that follow him into adulthood. Unable to face their painful circumstances, he runs away and seeks refuge as an Army paratrooper at the very time Colletta, the woman he loves, needs him most. This is the backdrop of Circles in the Water, which picks up Broder's story after a training accident leaves him seriously injured, brings Colletta back into his life, and forces him to face not only a jumpless future but also his troubled past. His ordered military existence and the exquisite thrill of the jump no longer insulate him from memories of life in small-town South Carolina, surrounded by poverty, racism, alcohol and drug addiction and, finally, rape and its terrible consequences. Just when Broder least needs the added complication, he gets caught up in a mysterious and dangerous conflict between two superiors that places him in a vulnerable position that feels all too familiar. No longer the "good soldier" who follows orders without question, ready and eager for service in Iraq, he comes to renounce war and knows that he can never again follow orders blindly. And worst of all, Colletta disappears as suddenly as she had come back into his world. He wants to reconcile with Colletta and learn to love her child, to settle into a peaceful life. But are his earlier failures too much to overcome? Whatever else this story may be, it is primarily one of young love of childhood sweethearts in a setting both charming and ugly, and the young man and woman they become. It interweaves their contemporary lives with the chronicle of their early years as part of an inseparable foursome of troubled youth and the tragedies that befall their comrades, DJ and Ray-Gene.

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