UNDERTOW

Undertow

A brilliant marine biologist’s last and best chance for happiness in a relationship is threatened by feelings about an abusive father. The relationship she shatters with a senseless infidelity resumes on solid ground when, while doing research on killer whales, she faces her own needs and begins to stand up for them.

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“Both the writing and the story have an elevating dignity and presence…. Undertow is a fascinating depiction of a woman’s attempts to ‘throw down the pick-up-sticks of her life’ and learn how to play her own game.”

New York Times Book Review

“[Stegner] evinces a fine-tuned sensitivity for complex emotions…. [Undertow] is a profoundly insightful, refreshingly honest portrait of dilemmas that will resonate for many women.”

Publishers Weekly

“Stegner’s narrative is laced with a network of metaphors connecting the moral and natural landscapes, inviting comparison with writers like Margaret Atwood, Jane Smiley, and Barbara Kingsolver. But Stegner speaks with an accent and an energy all her own. Her descriptions of the coastal landscape have the bright bite of the sea air, as do her insights about sexual politics. This novel draws you into its world as irresistibly as its title suggests.”

Belle Lettres

“Both the writing and the story have an elevating dignity and presence…. Undertow is a fascinating depiction of a woman’s attempts to ‘throw down the pick-up-sticks of her life’ and learn how to play her own game.”

Los Angeles Times Book Review

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