Book Review: Floating in the Neversink

By: Andrea Simon

In Floating in the Neversink, author Andrea Simon transports her readers to 1950s Brooklyn where we meet 9-year-old Amanda Gerber. Mandy, as she’s known to her friends and family, is faced with a summer away from her best friend, Francine as her family heads to her grandmother’s summer home in the Catskills. Mandy finds solace in being able to spend her time with her favorite cousin, Laura.

Simon creates a coming of age story while exploring the Jewish experience in the mid-1950s to early 60s. The story weaves together a colorful and tumultuous cast of characters in the Gerber extended family. With the story being told from the viewpoint of a child, she’s often shielded from her family history, which means so is the reader, creating an element of mystery to the story. This is a story is a balance of love, friendship, and self-discovery with some darker moments physical abuse and mental illness.

This is a beautifully written, well-paced read.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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An Interview with Andrea Simon

Andrea Simon is the author of three books. Check back tomorrow for my review of Floating in the Neversink. In our interview, we discuss all three of her works, currently available on Amazon. Q: Let’s start off with your most recent work. Can you sum up Floating in the Neversink in 20 words or less. […]

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