Sea Of Light by Jenifer Levin

cover of the book Sea Of LightSea Of Light by Jenifer Levin
Genre: Fiction
Copyright Year: 1993
Published: 1995
Publisher: Plume
Format: Trade Paperback
Type: Electronic Format Available
No. of Pages: 400
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ISBN: 452270596
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Set in the arena of world-class athletics, this powerful novel tells of three woman and their wins, losses, and passions in a world where destiny and magic interfere with victory; and where a redemptive, healing love between women stands in stark contrast to the expectations of the world. A sensitive tale of self-discovery, sexual identity, and violent emotions unleashed by sudden disaster. ——- From Publishers Weekly Levin ( Water Dancer ) explores the interconnectedness of mind and muscle in this uncommonly expressive, sensual novel of three female athletes. Each character follows a cycle of pain, loneliness and rebirth; each applies a resolve born of years of physical and mental conditioning to the healing process. Brenna Allen, a steely swim coach at Northern Massachusetts State University, inspires her team’s ambition, fear and resentment. As she pushes each swimmer to excel, she never admits that she is grieving for a longtime lover who has died of cancer, nor that her lover was a woman. Dynamic, solitary swim-team captain Ellie Marks knows she lacks the body structure of a top competitor, but she gives all her energy to swimming; otherwise, out of the water, she battles the fear of informing her parents, Holocaust survivors, that she is a lesbian. Cuban-American swimmer Mildred ‘Babe’ Delgado, a onetime Olympic hopeful, comes to the university on a scholarship after surviving an oceanic plane crash that killed almost all of her teammates. Scarred, out of shape and dispirited, Babe needs Brenna’s gruff encouragement and Ellie’s companionship. Some of Levin’s flourishes verge on melodrama, but her lyricism and compelling narrative more than compensate. With her sensitive depictions of lesbian sexuality, Levin might be the female counterpart of Paul Monette; her novel reverberates in the imagination long after the the reader has turned the final pages. Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. From Library Journal The lives of three women suffering from physical and emotional pain intertwine in this third novel by Levin ( Shimoni’s Lover , LJ 9/15/87, and Water Dancer , LJ 8/82), which is set against the backdrop of collegiate competitive swimming. Brenna Allen is the swim coach whose tough exterior and desire to win belies her inner suffering at the death of her longtime lover, Kay. Babe Delgado is the only survivor of a plane crash in which her entire Olympic swim team has perished. Ellie Marks is Allen’s protegee and captain of the swim team. No one would doubt the sincerity and sensitivity of this tale of lesbian and human relationships. But its message is marred by its length and slow tempo. It pokes along and never gets the edge necessary to sustain interest and engross the reader. For libraries wishing to add to their collections of gay and lesbian themes. – Rosellen Brewer, Monterey Bay Area Cooperative Lib. System, Cal. Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Other Notes:
Author is Lesbian

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