Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “Floating in the Neversink” by Andrea Simon, Black Rose Writing”, October 3, 2019
“Floating in the Neversink” by Andrea Simon is an emotional, dramatic, captivating and coming of age story. The Genres are Fiction and Women’s Fiction. The time-line is around 1955 and takes place in both Brooklyn and in the Catskills, where there are Bungalows and Hotels. The author writes different chapters with the same characters, possibly the same or different situations and problems. The author describes her dramatic adult characters as complex, complicated, and dysfunctional. The younger characters are coming of age, and are discovering loyalty, betrayal, and self -worth.
Amanda Gerber and her friend Francine enjoy their time together in Flatbush, Brooklyn. Amanda is sad to leave her friend behind to go with her family to the country. Amanda is close with her cousin Laura and they have some great times. Amanda and Laura go exploring and find a special place that they call theirs and write their names on a rock. Both are young girls but promise that this will be their hidden place. Do promises last forever?
The adults seem to have secrets and are always whispering. Amanda’s father seems to be a bullying sort of man and is verbally abusive to Amanda’s mother and Amanda. There is one incident with Amanda and her father by The Neversink, where people go swimming and fishing, which is both frightening and devastating.
Amanda dreads when one of her Uncles comes to visit. Amanda learns that she has to keep her own secrets. I appreciate that the author discusses such problems as mental illness, emotional and physical abuse, loyalty and betrayals, the importance of family, love, and hope. I would recommend this novel for readers who enjoy thought-provoking novels.