One Would Think The Deep by Claire Zorn
Published by University of Queensland Press
Sam is a 17 year old boy mourning the sudden loss of his mum … With no father in the picture and nowhere else to go.
The Department of Child Services have directed him to call his estranged Aunty Lorraine. Aunty Lorraine’s immediate reaction was to ask Sam if there is anyone else he stay with.
When she finally agrees to come and pick him up from the hospital, Sam’s life takes another drastic turn.
Sam wants to move on and as much as he wants to go back to how things were; he struggles with his anger, not wanting to appear weak by showing his grief. Luckily Sam has Minty, his cousin Minty is an cheerful kid who also had a bit of a rough start in life. Minty finds solace, control and ultimately, freedom on his board in the surf.
On Sam’s first day at his Aunty’s house, Minty does his best to help Sam heal, the only way he knows how – by lending Sam a board and teaching him to surf.
In ways that surprise him, Sam finds he connects and relates to the surf. He too experiences huge swells of grief, violent crashing waves of anger, occasionally, when Jeff Buckley is playing and Sam’s new girlfriend, Gretchen, is walking by his side, he too finds himself at peace.
Sam reverts to his childhood habit of following Minty around and is soon surfing with Minty to cut through the static fuzz in his head. But as the days slowly meld into one another, and ghosts from the past reappear, Sam has to make the ultimate decision … will he sink or will he swim.
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Author: Claire Zorn
Title: One Would Think The Deep
Publisher: University of Queensland Press
Published: May 2016