The Principles Behind Flotation (Skyhorse Press, 2017) is the first novel from Alexandra Teague, a former NEA Fellow, Stegner Fellow, and City College of San Francisco instructor, currently an associate professor at University of Idaho. She has previously published two poetry booksâ€”The Wise and Foolish Builders (Persea 2015) and Mortal Geography (Persea 2010), winner of the 2010 California Book Award.
Echoing novels like Karen Russellâ€™s Swamplandia! and Carol Rifka Bruntâ€™s Tell the Wolves Iâ€™m Home, Alexandra Teagueâ€™s lighthearted coming-of-age debut is perfect for anyone whoâ€™s navigated the strange seas of adolescenceâ€”and lived to tell the tale. A.Z. McKinney is on the shores of greatness. Now all she needs is a boat. When the Sea of Santiago appeared overnight in a cow pasture in Arkansas, it seemed, to some, a religious miracle. But to high school sophomore A.Z. McKinney, itâ€™s marked her chance to make historyâ€”as its first oceanographer. All she needs is to get out on the water.
Her plan is easier said than done, considering the Seaâ€™s eccentric owner is only interested in its use as a tourist destination for beachgoers and devout pilgrims. Still, A.Z. is determined to uncover the secrets of the Seaâ€”even if it means smuggling saline samples in her bathing suit. Yet when a cute, conceptual artist named Kristoff moves to town, A.Z. realizes she may have found a first mate. Together, they make a plan to build a boat and study the Sea in secret. But from fighting with her best friend to searching for a tourist-terrori
Soon, A.Z.â€™s dreams are in danger of being dashed upon the shore of Mud Beach. With her self-determined oceanic destiny on the line, A.Z. finds herself at odds with everything she thought she knew about life, love, and the Sea. To get what she wants, sheâ€™ll have to decide whether to sink or float . . .
But which one comes first?
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