By JoeAnn Hart
— Margot Livesey
"Hart's Maine panorama is wealthy with eccentric characters…the reader will drift on a cloud 9 of stylish entertainment."
— Mameve Medwed
"[Float] is all of these items: pleased and troubling, hilarious and somber, evocative and introspective."
— Stefanie Freele, beneficial Fiction
When every little thing round you is sinking, occasionally it takes determined measures to stick afloat.
When Duncan Leland appears down on the garbage-strewn seashore underneath his place of work window, he sees the phrases God support Us scrawled within the sand. whereas it sort of feels a becoming message—not simply is Duncan’s enterprise underwater, yet his marriage is drowning as well—he is going right down to the seashore to erase it. as soon as there, he is helping a seagull being strangled by means of a plastic six-pack holder—the purely creature in worse form than he's on the moment.
Duncan rescues the seagull, no longer figuring out that he’s being filmed by means of a gaggle of conceptual artists and that the pictures will quickly pass viral, turning either him and the gull into minor celebrities. And while an unsavory but very convincing neighborhood, Osbert Marpol, talks him right into a not-quite-legitimate mortgage association, Duncan can’t aid yet agree in a last-ditch try to shop the roles of his employees.
For some time, it sort of feels as though issues are eventually having a look up for Duncan—yet among his phone-sex-entrepreneur ex-girlfriend’s very public flirtations and the ever-mysterious phrases of his new mortgage, Duncan realizes that there’s no such factor as strings-free salvation—and that it’s just a subject of time prior to the tide rises ominously round him again.
A wry story of monetary desperation, conceptual artwork, madness, infertility, seagulls, marital trouble, jellyfish, prepared crime, and the plight of a plastic-filled ocean, JoeAnn Hart’s novel takes a wise, satirical examine kin, the surroundings, and lifestyles in a hardscrabble seashore city in Maine.
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