‘An uncommon and uncommonly good coming-of-age novel. Heck, maybe it’s time to put Holden Caulfield to rest anyway. I, for one, barely remember him. It is Miles who has captured my imagination. And my heart.’ Chicago Times
A lyrical and enchanting debut novel.
One unforgettable night, thirteen-year-old Miles goes to the flats near his home in search of shellfish, only to discover something startling and remarkable: a giant squid.
Instantly he becomes a local celebrity and is pursued by TV crews urging him to explain the phenomenon. His psychic friend Florence predicts that even more astonishing discoveries are to come, indications of the highest tide in fifty years. Yet Miles worries more about matters closer to home: will his passion for his ex-babysitter Angie go unrequited? Will his arguing parents divorce? Is everything, even the bay, shifting from him?
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Praise for the novel
‘If you reach the last page without having laughed out loud or felt tears well up… then you may, quite simply, be inhuman’ Independent on Sunday
‘Lyrical, moving, funny and breathtakingly well-written… a great novel which you will want to re-read’ Susan Hill
‘Original and appealing. His love of the ocean is infectious… Even the most hard-hearted readers will finish this book wishing they had their own bay to explore’ Matt Thorne, Sunday Telegraph
‘Poetic yet lean, restrained, lucid and radiant’ The Times
‘Lynch has written a lyrical, lovely novel as luminous and sparkling as the ocean, as well as created an unlikely hero who sees things for what they really are’ Time Out
‘A beautifully written paean to the natural world’ Guardian
‘Unforgettable… A classic’ Seattle Times
‘Perfectly formed… a crisp, witty fusion of ecological passion and wonderment’ Observer
‘Rarely have the bittersweet joys of childhood’s final flowering been as perceptively described as in Lynch’s novel’ Times Literary Supplement
‘Stunning… A celebratory song of the sea’ Kirkus Review
‘Superb… lively, timely, ecologically insightful and spiritual’ Oregonian
‘Remarkable… This is an irresistable coming -of-age fable, dappled with lyricism, briny honesty and good humour’ Los Angeles Times
‘A poignant story and an enchanting primer on the life acquatic. The Highest Tide is as crisp and clean as a cool dip in the water’ Entertainment WeeklyAbout the Author:
Jim Lynch has won national journalism awards and published short fiction in literary magazines. A Washington State native, Lynch currently writes and sails from his home in Olympia, where he lives with his wife and daughter. The Highest Tide is his first novel.
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