I loved this book and it stayed with me long after I finished it. Simon lives in a falling down house Long Island Sound and one day an old book arrives. Since Simon is a librarian and has expecience with old books he is imediately drawn to it, but as he imerses himself in the book as his physical world crumbles around him he realizes the book is about him and his family. With the help of this girlfriend Alice and some of his other library connections he begins to piece together the real events that are told of in his book. As the calendar runs toward July 24th the day the women of his family seem to drown in spite of the fact that they can hold their breath for a very long time, he becomes increasingly concerned about his sister Enola who is in town with her boyfriend Doyle. Together the siblings must face their past and figure out how to save their future. The story draws you in with new things unfolding each time you turn the page or so it seems. Magical and warm but with a dark past and as luck would have it set on the water. A great beach read, but a great read wherever life takes you.