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Frederick Reiken:
The Odd Sea

Frederick Reiken
  The Odd Sea  
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  When Ethan Shumway disappeared at the age of sixteen, no clue to his whereabouts could be found. The Shumways had their suspicions about Victoria Rhone, a lusty older woman who was a mentor to Ethan, in more ways than one, at the School of the Arts in Cummington, Massachusetts. Did she play some role in Ethan's disappearance? What about Donald Lefko, a psychopath from the town of Cheshire, who confessed to murdering young people he thought weren't being "good"? Was Ethan one of his victims? Ethan's family, especially his brother, Philip, sometimes wondered about Ethan himself, who fantasized about a night when he would leave home and never return.

Frederick Reiken has written an award-winning book about a family's response to inexplicable loss, exploring the nuances of their feelings without resorting to melodrama. In this issue of Bold Type, he offers an essay about the role of place in his writing, as well as a passage from The Odd Sea and an interview.

 
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  Photo of Frederick Reiken copyright © Nancy Crampton

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