Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

by Liz Kaye

Don’t be fooled by the simple title, The Boys in the Boat! This wonderful, complex book is about ‘boys’ who are heroically resilient and courageous both in the boat and in their lives. Set in the Depression in the state of Washington, the talented author Daniel Brown recounts the boys that comprised the crew team for the University of Washington. These boys were forced to grow up fast in difficult times. Brown centers the story on the engaging character, Joe Rantz whose story of grace in the face of poverty and poor parenting anchors the book. It includes the development of his relationship with Joyce Simdars, which is as touching and romantic as any romantic fiction novel could be. Brown’s characters are so appealing that you want to turn the page to find out what lies in store for them and root for their success.

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