Saturday, August 18, 2012
The Highest Tide, by Jim Lynch
With the unusual sea life intended as an extended metaphor, Lynch's adult book about a boy coming of age in the South Sound is effective and convincing. It combines a little magic with some hard cold rational explanations and mixing Miles's talents for finding rare life forms with his generous and observant behavior towards the adults around him. The narrator (Miles-as-a-grown-up) is more worldly and articulate than Miles would ever have been, but Lynch captures enough of Miles's mannerisms to give the character some authenticity.
I'm not a big fan of adult books about adolescence. They tend to be too glib and backhanded in their treatment of childhood transgressions. However, Lynch's writing is strong and the story self-contained and it makes an enjoyable read, even if it is not really YA.