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Swim to Me; A Novel

Swim to Me; A Novel

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Published by Workman Publishing
It's a fresh start for Delores Walker when she boards a Greyhound bus bound for Florida. Leaving the Bronx far behind, she's headed for sunny Weeki Wachee Springs, frayed roadside attraction in danger of becoming obsolete with the opening of Walt Disney's latest creation, only miles up the road. Always more suited for a life underwater, Delores joins a group of other aquatic hopefuls in this City of Live Mermaids, where she discovers a world of sequined tails and amphibious theme shows that even Disney couldn't dream up. It's in this fantastic place of make-believe and reinvention that Delores Walker becomes Delores Taurus, Florida's most unlikely celebrity. Bringing together an eccentric assortment of outcasts, poseurs, and underdogs, this wise and poignant novel conjures up a time in America when anything was possible, especially in the Sunshine State. A story of family, chasing dreams and finding your way, Swim To Me will have you believing the impossible—even in mermaids from the Bronx.
It's a fresh start for Delores Walker when she boards a Greyhound bus bound for Florida. Leaving the Bronx far behind, she's headed for sunny Weeki Wachee Springs, frayed roadside attraction in danger of becoming obsolete with the opening of Walt Disney's latest creation, only miles up the road. Always more suited for a life underwater, Delores joins a group of other aquatic hopefuls in this City of Live Mermaids, where she discovers a world of sequined tails and amphibious theme shows that even Disney couldn't dream up. It's in this fantastic place of make-believe and reinvention that Delores Walker becomes Delores Taurus, Florida's most unlikely celebrity. Bringing together an eccentric assortment of outcasts, poseurs, and underdogs, this wise and poignant novel conjures up a time in America when anything was possible, especially in the Sunshine State. A story of family, chasing dreams and finding your way, Swim To Me will have you believing the impossible—even in mermaids from the Bronx.

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Publish date: Aug 2007
Added to Scribd: May 21, 2012
Copyright:Traditional Copyright: All rights reservedISBN:9781565128453
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e5j reviewed this
Rated 1/5
Eh....that's the feeling throughout this book. Boring and drawn out. I only checked it out because of the sensationalism of the "mermaids" on the jacket, I thought it would be a good gift for a friend, but it didn't really pan out. It seemed like it could have had a good storyline, but didn't meet its potential.
Publishers Weekly reviewed this
Carter follows her plucky New York journalist's memoir Nothing to Fall Back On and first novel The Orange Blossom Special with another sweet story of self-reinvention. Delores Walker, 17, leaves her troubled home in the Bronx of 1973 to become a mermaid at Weeki Wachee Springs in Tampa, Fla. There, in a series of fortuitous events, ugly duckling Delores becomes the star of the show, a local hero, the most popular girl in town (although she remains unfailingly nice) and the catalyst for an unlikely family reunion. Carter jumps from head to head without providing much insight into her characters, including the slimily manipulative and ambitious TV producer, Alan Sommers, and the gentle circus giant, T. Rex, who's little more than a vehicle for folksy wisdom. But Carter is less interested in character development than in storytelling, which she does with aplomb, as Delores faces fame-related conflicts, and resort owner Thelma Foote has wisdom to spare. The results are sensationalist, predictable and satisfying. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

2007-06-25, Publishers Weekly
lismb_1 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
A dream catching book. Nostalgic look at the way life was and a brave girl. Great summer read.
marthahuntley reviewed this
Rated 5/5
I liked this book a great deal. It tells of how dreams can sometimes come true, how people can change at least to some extent, and how life can actually happen.Delores Walker (Delores Taurus) comes from a dysfunctional, lower income family in Brooklyn...but a childhood trip to Florida and Weeki Wachee Springs leads her to believe she can swim. Following a dream, she gets there, becomes one of the Weeki Wachee (entertainment) mermaids, and remarkably, her whole family take different paths, each finding a much better place and way for them to be. Not totally transformed, but realistically learning and growing. Swim to Me definitely qualifies as a good read...especially if you've ever been to Weeki Wachi and loved the mermaids!
Publishers Weekly reviewed this
Carter follows her plucky New York journalist's memoir Nothing to Fall Back On and first novel The Orange Blossom Special with another sweet story of self-reinvention. Delores Walker, 17, leaves her troubled home in the Bronx of 1973 to become a mermaid at Weeki Wachee Springs in Tampa, Fla. There, in a series of fortuitous events, ugly duckling Delores becomes the star of the show, a local hero, the most popular girl in town (although she remains unfailingly nice) and the catalyst for an unlikely family reunion. Carter jumps from head to head without providing much insight into her characters, including the slimily manipulative and ambitious TV producer, Alan Sommers, and the gentle circus giant, T. Rex, who's little more than a vehicle for folksy wisdom. But Carter is less interested in character development than in storytelling, which she does with aplomb, as Delores faces fame-related conflicts, and resort owner Thelma Foote has wisdom to spare. The results are sensationalist, predictable and satisfying. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

2007-06-25, Publishers Weekly
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