On his nineteenth birthday in an English seaside town, Duncan Blaine gets a clue to the whereabouts of his mother, Diana, who, nine years earlier, left him to be raised by relatives when a tragic accident took the life of her husband. When he meets her Duncan is also introduced to the new man in her life, a cardiac surgeon with whom she intends to live in Canada. Distraught at the prospect of yet another separation, Duncan attempts to reconcile with his mother while conducting a passionate affair with an employee of the inn where he is staying.
A compelling coming-of-age tale, in which Benson employs surfing as a metaphor, adding graceful comic details and a series of charming secondary characters, Riptide
is an intense, even transcendent examination of a young manís struggle to establish his identity while facing the loss of both parents.
"There is a great deal of beautiful writing and thoughtful language here, particularly in the depictions of surfing and sex." - Time Out
"Little gems of metaphor glint on every page... a triumph." - The Daily Mail
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