The Pool

Rated 4.50/5 based on 6 reviews
Miles has a weird job carrying old men around a pool at a water park, but never mind: He's lined himself up for a summer of working in the sun, drinking with his friends, and hitting on his good looking co-workers. When Auburn actually takes Miles seriously, a real, live relationship grows out of those lazy months. And something very real and very alive grows out of that relationship.

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Words: 22,440
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452457277
About Judson Merrill

Judson grew up in Maine, studied literature and writing at Brown University, and received an MFA from Brooklyn College. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Southampton Review, Unstuck, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Used Furniture Review, Stolen Island Review, and Brazenhead.

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Review by: P. H. Madore on Feb. 20, 2011 :
A heroic first.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Tricia Lagae on July 27, 2010 :
Fast-paced, highly original, well-written, and very fun to read. I recommend The Pool to anyone seeking a strange spin on a summer love story!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Nolan Myers on July 22, 2010 :
Great book - clever, entertaining, and suspenseful. Well written and fun!
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)

Review by: Fat Josh on July 21, 2010 : (no rating)
This is a compelling if disquieting read. Really a cleverly done piece of work.

Using a strong tone, thick characterization, and clarity of setting that people tend to call "literary fiction," the very short novel or very long story uses a plot that's, what? a blend of sci-fi and horror, I guess, to capture what goes on in a romantic relationship.

It's really tough to categorize this story because of the way it's written and the actual plot it follows, but in the end, like most things worth reading/listening to/watching, it's basically a love story.

A pretty grim and haunting one. Heartily recommended.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)

Review by: Tesspionage on July 20, 2010 :
Fascinating and satisfying. Great twists and very vivid.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: The Advocate on July 14, 2010 :
Creepy and captivating - I love where this story took me - albeit a bit unsettling at times - I ended up in a place I did not expect to be when I started the read. I was thinking about Miles and Auburn and ... that other guy ... for days after I finished it.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: linda deetjen on July 07, 2010 :
A read that seems familiar if you go back to your many summer jobs and then becomes strange and then stranger in a very organic way. It is in the end a fun and romantic story that goes ready for motherly love to an extreme..not for the timid.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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