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Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Ashland Creek Press (February 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1618220209
  • ISBN-13: 978-1618220202
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #858,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

JoeAnn Hart is the author of Addled, an epic battle of Canada Geese and a Country Club. Her new novel, Float, mixes bankruptcy, marital woes, jellyfish, and conceptual art with plastics in the ocean. Her work explores the relationship between humans and their environment, natural or otherwise. Her short fiction, essays and articles have been widely published, including The Boston Globe Magazine, The Sonora Review, Prairie Schooner, and The Writers Digest.

Customer Reviews

Happily, JoeAnn Hart turns it into a story that delights and instructs.
Donald Powell
Driven by humor, and propelled by high winds and water, Float is a fine entertainment for a week on the shore, or a loud laugh while reading alone.
Dharma
Thoughtful, descriptive, and filled with subtle humor, I found this book almost impossible to put down.
Nauticus

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nauticus on June 29, 2013
Format: Paperback
Hart's second book is a joy to read. Thoughtful, descriptive, and filled with subtle humor, I found this book almost impossible to put down. Hart's style of writing leaves you immersed in the story of the life of Duncan Leland. Her vivid descriptions of people and life in this Maine fishing town are unmatched. If you appreciate a story with depth, and like to take away something when you have turned the last page, float is an excellent choice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Julia on May 9, 2013
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Hart tells with biting humor the story of Duncan Leland's efforts to salvage both his failing business and his troubled marriage. The supporting characters, including Leland's odd brother, his bird-rescuing friend, and his shady business partner, are so sharply drawn that I felt I might run into any one of them downtown. The story line moves at a brisk pace--the climactic storm scene is especially compelling--and the ending is totally unexpected. Details about the harmful effects of plastic on our oceans and coastline are inserted seamlessly into the narrative; Hart informs but does not lecture. An enjoyable and well-crafted novel that pulled me right along.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By cpowell on March 19, 2013
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I love the writing- smart and funny. She pulls you in innocently, takes you for a ride and leaves you deep in thought. And, just when you are on the verge of despair she throws you a lifeline. Her characters become your friends as flawed and endearing as we each are. Bravo to Ms. Hart for addressing life's issues in a way that we can be entertained, educated and mindful of the future. Read "Addled" too - a different kind of delight but equally engaging.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By elf on March 17, 2013
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I read "Float" while on a long plane ride, and the time flew by. Hart is a very good writer with a sly sense of humor. The story takes the reader right into the setting--how I'd love to see the octagonal house with the map painted on the floor! I recommend both "Float" and Hart's previous book, "Addled."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AbigailB on March 16, 2013
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JoeAnn Hart's second novel "Float" is a Nautical themed, clever, satirical examination of modern life with an environmental message that will inspire you to run out and safe some seagulls. The combination of odd, eccentric characters and social commentary is like watching characters from a Kurt Vonnegut or Tom Robbins novel play in the pages of the Great Gatsby. Brilliant!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hillary Skahan on March 6, 2013
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If you love all things nautical or care at all about the planet, life, love and the pursuit of happiness you'll thourogly enjoy this very clever book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dharma on February 27, 2013
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Float is a multifaceted gem of New England life. Duncan Leland, called home after his father's death by drowning, is running his family's fish parts processing plant in coastal Maine...running it into the ground. His life is falling apart. His wife has been trying to get pregnant and cannot put up with his dithering dreaminess. His ex high-school girlfriend has her eyes on him again. His business is bankrupt and the only money available comes from a stranger who is undoubtedly connected to the Boston mob.

Add to this a mother who lives a nautically themed fantasy life, and has not left her house in several years; and a brother whose main goal in life is fulfilling his mother's sailing fantasies. She is powered by perhaps hallucinogenic mulberry wine which has been marinating in the cellar for several decades. Did I forget the mysterious death of an "installation artist" who disappeared from town 20 years ago?

JoeAnn Hart brings her skills of insight and humor to this whirlwind of relationships, and adds a classic Nor'easter to the mix to get things up and floating. One of the great pleasures of this novel are the minor characters with major issues who swirl around Duncan and his family. Slocum, his best friend, is a chef whose seafood creations represent the edge of culinary experimentation and risk. The employees of the fish parts factory are alternately helpful, or bent on sabotage. Josefa is the addled savior of seagulls, and Osbert the mobster quotes Winston Churchill.

Driven by humor, and propelled by high winds and water, Float is a fine entertainment for a week on the shore, or a loud laugh while reading alone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jay W on February 24, 2013
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Witty, fast-paced, sharply written, with a cast of memorable characters, FLOAT lands the reader in a coastal New England town where "God Help Us" sums things up for Duncan Leland. Trying to save the family business, he's snarled up with the environmentalists, a shady loan shark, the Boat Club set, and in a shaky marriage. Even his mother doesn't seem to care. What's a body to do? This plot is so full of surprises, you'll just have to read the book.
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