Swimming Sweet Arrow: A Novel by Maureen GibbonSwimming Sweet Arrow: A Novel by Maureen Gibbon

Swimming Sweet Arrow: A Novel

byMaureen GibbonAs told byMaureen Gibbon

Paperback | August 8, 2001

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Evangeline Starr Raybuck -- plain-spoken, lusty, and hardworking -- and June Keel are high school seniors, best friends going out with best friends, working together at Noecker's chicken farm after school. Vangie and June make out with their boyfriends together in the same car; they pass dirty notes to each other during the day at school. They tell each other everything: "That was the kind of friends we were".

After they graduate, things begin to shift. Vangie gets a job waitressing and moves in with Del; June, unable to get a job anywhere but the local factory, moves in with Ray and his older brother Luke. As they become more involved in their lives with their men, they see each other infrequently, but not so seldom that it doesn't become clear to Vangie that there's something dangerous going on, that June has crossed a line with the men in her life that even Vangie would not.
Maureen Gibbon is a graduate of Barnard College & the Iowa Writer's Workshop, where she was awarded a teaching/writing fellowship. Her poetry manuscript "Kicking Horse My True Husband" was a finalist in the Yale series of Younger Poets & the National Poetry Series in 1994 & 1995 & she was twice the recipient of Minnesota's Loft-McKnigh...
Title:Swimming Sweet Arrow: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.75 inPublished:August 8, 2001Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316355569

ISBN - 13:9780316355568

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 13

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Graphic but lovely... Maureen Gibbon's novel, Swimming Sweet Arrow, is something of a surprise. The first surprise might be the very graphic sex. But the second surprise will most definitely be how affecting the novel's narrator, 18 year old Vangie is. "When I was eighteen, I went parking with my boyfriend Del, my best friend June, and her boyfriend Del. What I mean is that June fucked Ray and I fucked Del in the same car, at the same time." Gibbon establishes Vangie's voice- at once innocent and experienced- from the novel's opening lines and from that moment on it's hard to stop turning the pages as a year in Vangie's life unfolds. Vangie graduates from high school, moves in with Del, parties incessently and slowly begins climbing out of her youth and into her adulthood. The success of the book is the way in which Gibbon writes Vangie, a character who never shies away from who she is or what she wants. And even when she makes horrible mistakes in judgement, Vangie never passes the buck. Despite the subject matter, which might be potentially too-graphic for some, Vangie's search for meaning, for love, and for a place to belong is a thing of beauty.
Date published: 2007-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Reading This is a coming of age story of two best friends Vangie Raybuck and June Keel who did everything together from double-dating with their boyfriends to smoking pot. I didn't like any of the characters. I thought they were weird. However, I liked how author Maureen wrote. She knows what a girl thinks.
Date published: 2003-04-06