Flat Water Tuesday is a coming of age novel that brings to life the rituals of team sports, most specifically rowing. Our main character is from a lower-class family and has won a rowing scholarship at an elite boarding school. The novel weaves together stories of rivalry, class differences, tragedy, and romance. This is a great read for anyone who liked The Art of Fielding and Dead Poets Society.— Cindy
June 2013 Indie Next List
“Rob, Connor, John, and Chris are the 'God Four' crew of the famed varsity boat at the Fenton Prep School. These four, along with their coxswain, Ruth, form a tight group with one common goal - to defeat their strongest rival, the Warwick School. This beautifully written novel explores the camaraderie, competition, joy, sorrow, and unbelievable guilt that follow this crew team from their youth to adulthood. Irwin skillfully weaves the past with the present in this story of pain and forgiveness that brings the reader to a heart-wrenching conclusion. A compelling read with a poignant message.”
— Beverly Bartczak, The Fine Print, Lakeside, OH
Rob Carrey, the son of a working-class cabinet maker, arrives at the Fenton School with a sports scholarship for rowing and a chip on his shoulder. Generations of austere Fenton men have led the rowing team, known as the God Four, to countless victories -- but none are as important or renowned as the annual Tuesday-afternoon race against their rival, Warwick.