Water Landing

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How many of us move through life on auto-pilot, our youthful dreams and ambitions somehow forgotten in the daily grind? Approaching middle age, outnumbered and surrounded by the hoards of a meaningless existence, one man finally took a stand... “All I recall is that she didn’t taste like anything. Like water, I realized in mid-kiss: not sweet, exotic, or intense in any way. Just water: tasteless, essential, and two thirds of my consistency.” -Luke Kettle
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  • By kenebecatyahoodotcom
    Jun 19, 2009
    "Review from" This is an exceptionally well-written tale of a man who has wandered aimlessly through life and is now approaching middle age and wondering what purpose his existence serves. The flashbacks as he drifts through the weekend of Sara’s funeral are touching and well-done. This sort of tale could easily get bogged down in maudlin emotion or numbing apathy; instead, the reader is immediately drawn into Luke’s world and empathizes with his sense of frustration at what he feels has been thus far a wasted life. Analogies are handled with subtlety and flow effortlessly with the plot, never feeling heavy-handed or forced. His narration wanders slightly off-topic at times, reinforcing his sense of aimlessness—it’s as if he can’t even keep his thoughts well-ordered and on-track. While at times Luke seems a hapless victim of his own mistakes and misunderstandings, he is ultimately an optimist and dreamer whose dreams have not materialized yet because he’s... More > not really sure what they are. It takes Sara’s death to force him to examine his past and begin to develop a firmer sense of what he wants from life. Luke’s almost unwitting perseverance pays off in the end, and what could have been a sad tale of a man thrown permanently off-track by the death of the woman he loved—or thought he did, as he’s never quite sure himself—instead ends with his determination to move on in life, with more purpose and direction. Luke could easily have been a very unsympathetic character that the reader could not identify with at all; instead, he is a well-drawn and ultimately likeable figure who mirrors the angst that many people feel as they search for meaning in life and a way to make their dreams a reality. The writing is crisp; no words are wasted, and each detail fits perfectly. There is nothing that needs to be added here, and nothing that needs to be cut. In short, everything in this story works as it should and leaves the reader feeling as if Luke is an old friend they are delighted has finally begun to figure out how to make his dreams reality.< Less
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Cow Chip Press
September 28, 2011
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