Toby Olson Jamie James - Essay

Jamie James

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

In Seaview, his second novel, Toby Olson has written half a good book. What is good about this novel is so good, so smart and so beautifully realized, that one instinctively resists the harsh judgment that the other half of the book deserves….

Seaview is the story of Allen, a golf player, and Melinda, his wife, who is dying of cancer. Accompanied by a sententious old Indian man named Bob White, they are driving across the United States, living out of motels and their automobile, making their way to Cape Cod, Melinda's home, where she wants to die….

It is Olson's sensitive portrayal of Allen and Melinda's relationship that makes the novel work as well as it does. He...

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