Water Under WaterAuthor: Peter Rix
Imprint: Local Vintage
Featured in the June, 2011 magazine
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Water Under Water is the story of Jim and Tom Campion, a father and son who share a passion for the water. Jim is a high achiever - Tom has Down Syndrome. The novel is as much about their struggle to love and accept each other as it is a boy's coming of age tale. Tom and his Adventurers Club, all young adults with special needs, go on a white water rafting weekend with two carers. Jim, Tom's dad, at the insistence of his wife Fran, is to drive and join them. Tom is now 19 and Fran has told Jim that she is not sure that she can love Jim anymore as she does not believe that he has allowed himself to love Tom in the same way he loves James, their older son.
The rafting trip is a test of love - in every direction. And it tests a lot more. Challenging the stability of a long-term marriage and what can wrench it apart or fritter it away, the constitution of a perfect family, independence and adventure, living with disabilities - this novel is about love.
Peter Rix has transformed questions about the raising of children with Downs Syndrome into a masterful first novel.
Review by: Barbara Baker
Category:Fiction General Fiction