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Beachcombing for a Shipwrecked God by Joe…

Beachcombing for a Shipwrecked God

by Joe Coomer

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Slow going at the beginning, this book is actually an interesting tale/saga of 3 women at liminal points in their lives: alzheimers, widowhood and pregnancy. Not terribly realistic but a story told well....something along the lines of Nevil Shute. ( )
  julie10reads | May 30, 2011 |
such a rewarding story, three women so different in age, background, situation develop the most amazing relationship amongst one another, and adventure to boot. We experience emotion and frustration through the beautifully written prose and brilliant weaving of plot. ( )
1 vote nggray | Nov 9, 2008 |
intriguing characters; you come to care about these 3 women of different generation sharing a houseboat and learning from each other.

This was my first Coomer but definitely not my last. ( )
1 vote BCCJillster | Dec 31, 2007 |
archeologist, pregnant teen & widow live/hide on boat

6.97 ( )
  aletheia21 | Feb 27, 2007 |
'I came across a love of moving water kneeling in the current of Caudel Run, the small creek behind our home in Kentucky, whose waters were as clear and cold as my fear, falling over black ledges of slate, gatheing in white sluices of anguish, numbing my feet, blueing the skin. I could hold the water in my hands and bring it to my mouth.' -From Beachcoming for a Shipwrecked God, page 8 -

When Charlotte's husband dies suddenly, she flees from her home in Kentucky to New Hampshire to escape her memories and her overbearing in-laws. There she meets Grace - an elderly woman with a sharp wit and an uncanny ability to fool others with her realistic paintings - and Chloe, a seventeen year old girl who battles a weight problem and an abusive boyfriend. It doesn't take Charlotte long to join an archeological dig and begin to uncover secrets from the past.

Coomer combines a love of the water with archeological details to establish a setting which draws the reader in. He creates characters who thrum with life. Weaving through the story line is the idea of creating a life - past, present and future. Charlotte wishes to escape her memories and bury her past; for Grace going "to Heaven without my memory" is unthinkable; for Chloe, just starting out, the future is full of memories to be made.

At times, the novel stumbles and becomes too predictable, but Coomer rights it quickly and takes the reader to a satisfying conclusion.

Recommended. ( )
3 vote writestuff | Feb 11, 2007 |
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Gracious heavenly Father,...Please let me stay at Green Gables; and please let me be good-looking when I grow up.  I remain, Yours respectfully, Anne Shirley, Anne of Green Gables (I.M. Montgomery)
Glinda: Are you a good witch -- or a bad witch?
Dorothy: Who, me?  Why -- I'm not a witch at all. 
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I came across a love of moving water, an ebbing tide parting on the plumb bow of an old boat, and the sea passing swiftly along the waterline carried bits of seaweed, the body of a dead bird, a dark brown leaf, and a love that seemed necessary to me, to be near that abrasive current, the green sweel and nascent gurgle.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 068482440X, Paperback)

Nine weeks after losing her husband, Charlotte escapes to a wooden motor yacht in New Hampshire, where her shipmates are an aging blue-haired widow, an emotional seventeen-year-old, and the ugliest dog in literature. A genuine bond develops among the three women, as their distinct personalities and paths cross and converge against the backdrop of emotional secrets, abuse, and the wages of old age.

Off the boat, Charlotte, an archaeologist, joins a local excavation to uncover an ancient graveyard. Here she can indulge her passion for reconstructing the past, even as she tries to bury her own recent history. She comes to realize, however, that the currents of time are as fluid and persistent as the water that drifts beneath her comforting new home.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:03:41 -0400)

The lighthearted menage of three women on board a moored yacht in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. They are painter Grace, the boat's landlady; Chloe, a local fisherman's daughter; and Charlotte, the narrator, a widowed archeologist from Kentucky digging for history in garbage. By the author of The Loop.… (more)

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