Sage Island by Samantha WarwickSage Island by Samantha Warwick

Sage Island

bySamantha Warwick

Paperback | August 11, 2008

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It's the mid-1920s and New York is shimmering with the hope and vigour of a younger generation in headlong pursuit of greater freedoms and pleasures. Watching from the sidelines, nineteen-year-old Savanna Mason struggles with the gravity of her perceived failures, finding release and security in the water. Savi believes that her swimming has the power to change her world. Just as it seems this notion has been shattered for good, she embarks on a journey to the Wrigley Ocean Marathon-a twenty-two-mile race from Catalina Island to Los Angeles. Inspired by true events, with vivid glimpses of Prohibition, class antagonism and the evolving attitudes of the flapper era, Sage Island is a poignant novel about a young woman diving and surfacing.

Samantha Warwick was born in Montreal and raised in Sutton, Quebec and Vancouver. She received her MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia in 2003. Her work has been broadcast on CBC Radio and has appeared in various literary magazines including Geist, Event, Room and Echolocation. Samantha spent seven years coa...
Title:Sage IslandFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:233 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.44 inShipping dimensions:8.5 × 5.5 × 0.44 inPublished:August 11, 2008Publisher:Brindle & Glass PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1897142331

ISBN - 13:9781897142332


Rated 5 out of 5 by from A memorable slice of swimming history Samantha Warwicl's debut novel is based on a real event that is not much remembered any longer: the Wrigley Ocean Marathon swim of 1927, in which only one swimmer was able to complete the challenge. This novel is not about the winner, but about a young woman who (in the fictional world that Warwick creates around that event) also participated. I found the novel initially a little difficult to get into, although that may have just been due to my situation and not the fault of the novel. Once I had gotten into the story, however, I was very strongly engaged by the character and her situation, and by the recapturing of an era (the 1920s) when swimmers took on challenges such as swimming the English Channel and their feats, when successful, were the subject of headlines and the inspiration for ticker tape parades. In one sense, however, this is really a classic novel of a young woman growing to adulthood by taking on challenges and refusing to give up in the face of great difficulty - a bildungsroman, in other words - which is often the sort of novel that a young writer will create at the beginning of a writing career. Warwick shows great promise with this engaging novel, inspired in part by her own experiences in competitive swimming.
Date published: 2010-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Have in Library Poetic style with nicely spaced intervals of action and drama, make you wonder when your next laugh, sigh or frustration for the main character Savi (a lovely character with an inspiring blend of viced humanity and heroic determination) will occur. Many undercurrents, sub plots and characters keep your mind reeling constantly, making you want to finish the novel in a single sitting. Flip side, taking your time is a whole lot of fun and provides the opportunity to really enjoy a truely wonderful literary piece.
Date published: 2008-10-07