The Highest Tide

Version: Unabridged
Author: Jim Lynch
Narrator: Fisher Stevens
Genres: Fiction & Literature
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Published In: September 2005
# of Units: 6 CDs
Length: 7 hours, 30 minutes
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Overview

A spellbinding first novel about a young boy's fascination with the wonders of the seashore during a summer that will change
his life.
One moonlit night, thirteen-year-old Miles O'Malley slips out of his house, packs up his kayak and goes exploring on the flats of Puget Sound. But what begins as an ordinary hunt for starfish, snails, and clams is soon transformed by an astonishing sight: a beached giant squid. As the first person to ever see a giant squid alive, the speed-reading Rachel Carson-obsessed insomniac instantly becomes a local curiosity. When he later finds a rare deepwater fish in the tidal waters near his home, and saves a dog from drowning, he is hailed as a prophet. The media hovers and everyone wants to hear what Miles has to say.
But Miles is really just a teenager on the verge of growing up, infatuated with the girl next door, worried that his bickering parents will divorce, and fearful that everything, even the bay he loves, is shifting from him. While the sea continues to offer up discoveries from its mysterious depths, Miles struggles to deal with the difficulties that attend the equally mysterious process of growing up. In this unforgettable, beguiling novel, we witness the dramatic sea change for both Miles and the coastline that he adores over the course of a summer--one that will culminate with the highest tide in fifty years.

Author Details

Author Details

Lynch, Jim

Jim Lynch spent four years as the Puget Sound reporter for the "Oregonian," and has won national journalism awards and published short fiction in literary magazines. A Washington state native, Lynch currently writes and sails from his home in Olympia, where he lives with his wife and daughter. "The Highest Tide "is his first novel.