The Infinite Tides (2012) Being far above the earth is usually described by astronauts in religious terms of awe and wonder, but as Kiefer shows in his well-studied, aching,… 2012-07-03 Fiction Bloomsbury
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The Infinite Tides (2012)

REALITY BITES The Infinite Tides follows an astronaut who returns from a space mission to find his life in ruins, forcing him to embrace the…
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REALITY BITES The Infinite Tides follows an astronaut who returns from a space mission to find his life in ruins, forcing him to embrace the uncertainties of life
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Jul 03, 2012; Writer: Christian Kiefer; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Bloomsbury

Being far above the earth is usually described by astronauts in religious terms of awe and wonder, but as Kiefer shows in his well-studied, aching, but occasionally meandering debut novel, The Infinite Tides, there's always a point where you have to come down. Back from a stint on the International Space Station, Capt. Keith Corcoran must come to terms with his daughter's death and his divorce — both of which occurred while he was in orbit — and the mathematical absolutes of his job give way to the emotional helplessness of his personal life. The writing is often beautiful, but it could have been tethered to a stronger plot. B

Originally posted Jun 20, 2012 Published in issue #1213 Jun 29, 2012 Order article reprints