Rob Carrey, the son of a working-class cabinet maker, arrives at the Fenton School with a scholarship to row 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. But first Rob must complete months of preparation driven by their captain, Connor Payne's vicious competitive nature. As the race nears, the stakes rise, tempers and lusts are fueled, and no one can prevent the horrible tragedy that befalls one of them.

Fifteen years later, Rob returns home from a film shoot in Africa to end a heartbreaking relationship with his girlfriend, Carolyn. But when a phone call from one of the God Four compels him to attend the reunion at Fenton, no part of Rob's past remains sequestered for long and nothing about his future is certain.

About Ron Irwin

Ron Irwin is an American writer who divides his time between Cape Town, South Africa and various places in the United States. He grew up in Buffalo, New York, where he learned to row. He attended boarding school and college in New England, where he was part of a number of winning crews. He has worked as a journalist, a documentary filmmaker, and as a teacher. He lectures in the Centre for Film and Media at the University of Cape Town.


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Audiobook Review by AudioFile Magazine

If you loved THE ART OF FIELDING, you'll love this novel. The sport is crew rather than baseball, the setting is a snotty New England boarding school rather than a midwestern college, but much else fits the familiar mold. The moral and psychological questions at its heart are more interesting than winning or losing: Can anyone change? Where does true strength of character lie? With passion and skill Holter Graham portrays the often maddeningly perception-resistant Rob Carrey, the scholarship kid who must transform himself from lone sculler to team rower, and Graham's racing sequences are heart pounding. …Graham delivers a fast-paced, emotional, and thoroughly satisfying listening experience. B.G. © AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine [Published: JUNE 2013]

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For matters relating to the film rights of Flat Water Tuesday, please contact John Cassir at Creative Artists Agency in Los Angeles, USA: jon.cassir@caa.com

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