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  • File Size: 1054 KB
  • Print Length: 229 pages
  • Publisher: River Grove Books (January 14, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 14, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HWGACC6
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Georgette Gouveia was the senior cultural writer with Gannett Inc. and currently is editor of WAG magazine. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College where she studied with Grace Paley and earned a bachelor of arts degree and a master of arts in critical writing. She is the author of "The Essential Mary Cassatt" (Harry N. Abrams Inc./Wonderland Press).

"Water Music" is her first published novel.

When she's not writing and editing, Georgette likes to sing coloratura arias, decorate her home, do yoga and lift weights, indulge her passion for beautiful things, including men, collect Hello Kitty, argue with her uncle about sports and revel in her spinsterhood.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By V. Rundell on July 10, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
This book just shook me up. It stirred me. It spilled me into an ice-filled glass left me punch drunk.

Four points of view. Four young virile men. Four tragic stories of love and loss and abuse and hope.

Dylan and Daniel are Olympic-caliber swimmers. They meet at training camp in their late teens and end up being roommates. Dylan has suffered great losses: his mother suffered early onset dementia, and his father became abusive in his frustration. Dylan took the brunt of the abuse before his mom committed suicide and Dylan and his younger brothers were cared for by their aunt. Dylan's father is wealthy, but he won't take any support, and uses his swimming endorsements to supplement his brothers care, and eventual college tuition. Daniel's parents divorced years ago, splitting Daniel from his twin sister, Aniri, who was later killed in a horseback riding accident. Daniel feels like the less worthy child. When he and Dylan connect, they experience the first real affection they've had since childhood. Daniel insists to stay closeted, and compels Dylan to, as well. In their relationship, Daniel would be the Top, but he's physically and emotionally abusive to Dylan--something that starts small and grows, particularly as Dylan become the better swimmer of the two.

Alex and Ali are professional tennis players. Alex is closeted, and Ali has had a horrific life which he keeps closeted. Ali learned tennis in Iraq under the American "occupation" when he is befriended by a soldier. For years he plays there, entertaining the troops, until his pal is killed and Ali is "adopted" by a pedophilic defense contractor. Through this man's connections, Ali's family is able to obtain asylum with relatives in France--meanwhile Ali suffers molestation for years in the US.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sgalley on June 19, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
From the very first page of WATER MUSIC, Georgette Gouveia pulls you into the story. The commentary of the swimming competition makes you feel as if you are there – actually watching the event. The author allows the reader to get to know each character through their own voice. This works in a very good way. You actually feel the emotions of the characters. Keep the tissues nearby. You are going to need them.

This is an absolutely amazing story of discovery and self-realization. It takes you on an emotional journey, and breaks your heart at times. The characters are incredibly strong and determined.

This is a heart-rending read. I cried and I laughed - but you come through to the other side with a sense of satisfaction and closure. As the characters develop throughout the book, and in addition to the angst and heartbreak, there are many moments of happiness and steamy romance. This is definitely one to read.

This story and the emotions it evokes, prove that love is love - regardless of gender combination. It is just as touching, complicated, sweet, sexy and scary as a romance about a woman and a man. Love is love. Gender does not change the emotions, feelings, OR the heartache.

I am so glad I gave this book a chance because I could not put it down. Georgette Gouveia’s unique and captivating writing style had me glued to my Kindle. I fell in love with the characters and the story. I think you will too.

ARC provided by NetGalley and River Grove Books.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Fascinating and interesting read this book is, about two top swimmers and two top tennis players who all have a quest to be the best in their field. They hit it off at the Olympics in new york but each is in love with their rival, its a story of betrayal, power, jealousy,dominance, submissiveness in their personal relationship.
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Format: Paperback
Water Music, the debut novel by Georgette Gouveia brings readers into the world of professional sports from a unique point of view. First in a series of novels, The Games Men Play, Water Music introduces the reader to four competitive athletes, Daniel, Dylan, Alex and Ali who come from different backgrounds and are tangled in clandestine relationships. It’s a modern tale of lust, love and life for four men coming to terms with their sexual identity. From the west coast to New York to the island of Mykonos in Greece, Gouveia, a seasoned journalist and writer well versed in contemporary culture and sports takes the reader and the characters on an unforgettable journey. Water Music is a provocative addition to the world of LGBT fiction and sports novels.
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Fair to middling in my opinion. It lacks a certain "reality", built as it is upon unlikely situations, almost-ridiculous coincidences and relationships, and more than a fair amount of melodrama.

I liked the characters - and almost bought into their family histories though barely - but could not swallow the artificial gay duets and couplings that develop. Much as our fantasies might love to see the leading athletes in every sport as gay icons, the story is stretched far too thin and the circumstances are just not credible to me.
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By Sarah on February 28, 2014
Format: Paperback
As a fellow writer who has looked up to Georgette Gouveia as a colleague and mentor for years, this book was a riveting eye opener.

And to think I once thought Ms. Gouveia was prude (in a good way of course)! It turns out that I'm the one that needed to be brought into the 21st century! Georgette, your book has introduced considerations in literary prose I'd yet to venture into and my starry eyes are opened because of it!

This is a fun romp and delightful read, no matter whose team you for!
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