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by Heather Sellers


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Heather Seller's unpretentious, vernacular prose allows Georgia a persuasive mix of innocence and experience. These are miraculous stories of survival, perhaps even forgiveness. To some of us Georgia's life would be unthinkable. Sellers makes us believe it is well worth living.

Heather Seller's unpretentious, vernacular prose allows Georgia a persuasive mix of innocence and experience. Heather Sellers writes delicious, dangerous prose. She starts you twenty-three floors up in condo squalor, nips across for dysfunction in Disney country, threatens incest in Hotlanta, and comes to grief on the Gulf

Heather Seller's unpretentious, vernacular prose allows Georgia a persuasive mix of innocence and experience. She starts you twenty-three floors up in condo squalor, nips across for dysfunction in Disney country, threatens incest in Hotlanta, and comes to grief on the Gulf.

This smart, edgy book of interconnected stories follows Georgia Jackson from her 12th year through her 15th. Someone in the family seems always to be running away from home. Her depressed mother tries driving the family car into the Atlantic; her charming, alcoholic father says mildly, as though quitting a job, ‘I’m giving you my notice’; her younger brother and only friend goes off to live on a relative’s farm.

Georgia Under Water book. Heather Seller's unpretentious, vernacular prose allows Georgia a persuasive mix of innocence and experience. She starts you twenty-three floors up in con.

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About Heather Sellers. I grew up in Florida-Orlando, Daytona Beach, and Tallahassee In addition to wanting to continue writing and making books, I wanted to become a teacher

About Heather Sellers. I grew up in Florida-Orlando, Daytona Beach, and Tallahassee. My first book, which I wrote and illustrated by hand in a 1970s alternative "enrichment" school near the ocean, was titled "Arnold the Crab and Other Stories. The first and only print run was one copy. Arnold was me, and he and his family lived undersea. In addition to wanting to continue writing and making books, I wanted to become a teacher. After studying creative writing and elementary education at Florida State University, and eventually earning a PhD in English, I started teaching at the college level in Texas, and then in Michigan.

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Heather Seller's unpretentious, vernacular prose allows Georgia a persuasive mix of innocence and experience. These are miraculous stories of survival, perhaps even forgiveness. To some of us Georgia's life would be unthinkable. Sellers makes us believe it is well worth living.

"Heather Sellers writes delicious, dangerous prose. She starts you twenty-three floors up in condo squalor, nips across for dysfunction in Disney country, threatens incest in Hotlanta, and comes to grief on the Gulf. The dead-credible life of Georgia Jackson—ineffably sweet, thoroughly in love with her own luscious body, half in love with her lush of a father—skids at the edge of the surreal. Her story had me laughing through the lump in my throat. An original. A knockout debut."-Janet Burroway

Marketing Plans Author tour in Sellers' hometowns in Michigan and Florida Brochure and postcard mailings Advertisements in key literary and trade magazines

Heather Sellers was born and raised in Orlando, Florida and received a Ph.D. in Writing from Florida State University. Her work has appeared in Indiana Review, New Virginia Review, The Hawaii Review, The Chattahoochee Review, The Women's Review of Books, and Sonora Review. Her story "Fla. Boys" is anthologized in New Stories from the South, 1999: The Year's Best. She received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1999. She currently lives in Holland, Michigan, where she's an associate professor of English at Hope College.

Excerpt From Georgia Under Water

From the short story, "Spurt"

I spent those days watching myself in every reflective surface known to Daytona Beach.

My knees weren't knobs anymore. My knees were lush transitions. My thighs shone golden-brown; my shins, paler, but long and strong. My ankles were slim, bony in a fetching way, my feet suddenly inches too long for my slaps and sandals. My hair swung in a shiny curtain behind me; my legs were in constant motion, counterpoint.

"You've had a growth spurt," my mother said. "Your shorts are way too short. When did this happen?"

"I think yesterday and/or the day before," I said. We were in


Comments: (7)

Eyalanev
You would think that author Heather Sellers could successfully swim in the waters of female adolescent coming-of-age in a dysfunctional family. Yet, her protagonist Georgia Jackson sputters and drowns in a series of boring, predictable and practically irrelevant interrelated short stories that presumably trace her journey into selfhood admidst a quintessentially screwed-up family.
Perhaps others can perceive the artistry and coherence in Sellers' stories. Not one episode rings true; contrived events compete with unidiminsional, unbelievable characters. Georgia Jackson, whose anguish over and fascination with her body, obligingly obsessess over every flaw in her self-proclaimed woefully inadequate physical being. Long, supple legs cannot compensate for her "flat as a board" chest. Flirtatious but unbelievably naive about sexuality, the body-conscious Georgia untimately emerges (surprise, surprise) as a beguiling sex goddess so hot that her pathetic mother wishes to spray her down, as one would a dog in heat that parades in one's front yard.
Not only must Georgia wrestle with her sadly disappointing physical self, but she must cope with parents who would be better cast in a Looney Tunes feature. Her reprobate father, who is, among other things, a braggart, a drunk and a pervert, somehow still manages to tug on his daughter's heartstrings. Georgia would serve herself better had she listened to her realistic, well-grounded brother Sid (who, sadly, simply disappears as a character). Sid correctly labels their father as a useless jerk. Georgia's mother, who doesn't even receive a name until the penultimate story, is even more surreal. Mousy, angry, disgruntled, Mary Caroline never figures out that a restraining order just might be a plausible solution to control her over-the-top husband.
Lacking plausible characterization and a coherent plot, "Georgia under Water" simply does not make much sense. Even taken individually, each of Heather Sellers' short stories fails in their quest to illuminate a teen-ager's turbulent odyssey towards authenticity. Presumably Heather Sellers understands the dynamics of her characters and the purpose of her work; she surely does not convey her message to her audience.
Goldcrusher
Using her textbook for a creative writing class I was curious of her own style. She practices what she preaches in that she feels the stories should move and that they do. The stories are like roller coasters you ride in the dark, full of twists and turns, ups and downs, not knowing where the next sentence will take you.
Kalv
A great collection of stories of youth and growing up in a conflicted age. Her stories will resonate with you.
Iseared
Georgia Jackson is trying to analyze the young woman she's becoming while coming to grips with her unstable family life in this collection of short stories by Heather Sellers. Raised in central Florida with her brother Sid, Georgia is forced to witness countless fights between her parents before her father ultimately decides to move out. From there, she ventures out on her own although this occures mostly in her imagination. She is always wondering what it would be like to be someone else, or even something else as she succombs to her daydreams and sexual awakening. At the same time, she is trying to come to terms with what exactly she feels about her alcoholic father and her insecure mother.
The short stories in this novel take the reader to the Florida coast, where Georgia and Sid frolic in the pool inside their condo, to an upscale suburb where everyone is catagorized by their wealth or lack there-of, to spicy, sultry Hotlanta, to the open highways and marshy ponds of the south. All the stories are told from Georgia's point of view, with the exception of two third person entries seen through the eyes of Georgia's parents. Each of them are real and entertaining.
I grew up in the same Florida cities where Georgia comes of age, and could relate well to the vivid descriptions of the weather, people, and beaches. Whether Georgia feels as if she's drowning or floating, I was with her all the way, and I'd greatly enjoy a follow-up book to this engrossing read.
Enditaling
Georgia Under Water is a beautifully crafted book that makes us remember the difficulties of adolescence and the beauty of looking back. Sellers takes us into a world that makes us feel Georgia's life as if it were (is) our own. With her graphic descriptions of something as ordinary as a scab and the profound feelings of an adolescent surrounded by dysfunctional parents, Sellers illicits emotions we forgot we had. With her incredible storytelling ability, Sellers recounts in first person the story of Georgia, a young girl who we grow to love. In her difficult situation, Georgia manages to persevere and to survive amidst the craziness. We feel the rejection from those around her, but bounce back with her as her resilience reminds us that she will make it. Surrounded by adults whose maturity is less than that of Georgia, she grows up and matures amidst the chaos. Sellers' writing is deliberate, careful and so believable that you must constantly remind yourself that you aren't really inside the head of an adolescent. This is a book that should be read and reread and then passed on to someone whose struggles are similar to Georgia's so they know they are never alone in the world.
Georgia Under Water download epub
Genre Fiction
Author: Heather Sellers
ISBN: 1889330566
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: Genre Fiction
Language: English
Publisher: Sarabande Books; 1st edition (May 1, 2001)
Pages: 236 pages