Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Discussion Question: Could The Highest Tide Be Set in Santa Monica

At all of the book discussions so far, participants have remarked on the sea and Puget Sound being a character in the book. Do you think this novel could have been set in Santa Monica?
Would the story be very different?

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GardenGirl said...

I don't know what it's like to be a kid in Santa Monica. Probably a lot of the themes related to family, self-image and maturity could stand anywhere, but the natural themes would be different or less dominant. We don't have tide pools and the ocean life isn't as diverse as where Miles grew up...maybe it could take place in the mountains, but you don't go running around the mountains at night...and wherever you are, whatever you're doing, you're never alone here! Certainly Santa Monica would have a story to tell, but I think Santa Monica lacks the solitude and the diversity of ocean life to support the same story.

Anonymous said...

The sense of the Ocean Park Library discussion group was that, yes, this book could take place in the Ballona Wetlands outside Marina del Rey. That is pretty close to Santa Monica! It is quiet, protected, full of natural life and within walking distance to two small residential communities.