Praise for Deep Water Blues
“Deep Water Blues churns with the beauty, desperation, violence, and yearning of those fighting to survive on a speck of land in an eternal sea.”
- Josh Waitzkin
“This is like sitting by a fire with a master storyteller whose true power is in the realm of imagination and magic. "
- Gabriel Byrne
"Loved this book. I could not put it down.”
- Mark Messier, hockey legend.
“Fred Waitzkin writes about life, sex and violence with aplomb, and Bobby Little is a tragic hero fit for the Greek myths.”
- Matt Gallagher, author of Youngblood
"Deep Water Blues has the ease and compelling charm of
– Colin Barret, author of Youngskins
"Deep Water Blues has been honed and polished so all the facets shine; characters, dialogue, description, plot and development. This is Waitzkin’s best book to date. "
– Jack Shea, Martha’s Vineyard Times
"Mr. Waitzkin imbues all this ‘hope and tragedy resting a few feet above sea level’ with a texture most authors would need three times as much space to achieve."
– Steve Donoghue, Vineyard Gazette
"Delightful … an enchanting yet haunting story recommended for fans who appreciate plot twists where good triumphs over evil."
– SA Examiner
"Like stories of the sea that come before, Deep Water Blues portrays the fear and allure of the ocean’s massive force."
– Angler’s Journal
“Here’s the thing about Fred Waitzkin: He’s not going to turn out a new book every year, but when you get one, it’s a primer in beautiful writing and a complete tapestry of human nature. You get work that’s respectful of the reader, it’s been honed and polished so all the facets shine; characters, dialogue, description, plot and development. This is Waitzkin’s best book to date, seems to me.”
- Jack Shea, Martha’s Vineyard Times
“Deep Water Blues is deceptively slim. In fewer than 150 pages, Mr. Waitzkin manages to work in a virtual world in a Bahamas few visitors ever see. There is authentic-feeling regional color, the tangy flavor of a life lived at the tempo of the tides, but there is also a strained love story, a revenge thriller, a parable about the evils of gentrification, and, lurking behind everything, some simple and striking observations about the vanity of human ambition played out on a stage that can be wiped clean by the next hurricane. Mr. Waitzkin imbues all this ‘hope and tragedy resting a few feet above sea level’ with a texture most authors would need three times as much space to achieve. Simple contentment remains just out of reach for most of the book’s characters. But like everything else in this deep channel of a book, when it arrives, it feels honestly earned.”
- Steve Donoghue, Vineyard Gazette
“Delightful … an enchanting yet haunting story recommended for fans who appreciate plot twists where good triumphs over evil.”
- SA Examiner
“Fred Waitzkin’s saltwater-soaked novella sets the reader in a world where things are falling apart. … Like stories of the sea that come before, Deep Water Blues portrays the fear and allure of the oceans’ massive force.”
- Angler’s Journal
“Remarkably well-written. … Waitzkin has a way of writing that is vivid and real making it hard to put down. Deep Water Blues is a wonderful fast-paced read.”
- Lovely Loveday
“Waitzkin writes well. His prose is understated, almost poetic. We not only see Rum Cay, we smell it, hear it, taste it, and feel its shadows and its joys.”
- English Plus
“Mr. Waitzkin weaves a rich storyline with memorable characters that flows like poetry.”
- Cheryl’s Book Nook
“Deep Water Blues by Fred Waitzkin is a quick, eventful, and delightful read.”
- Men Reading Books
“You can feel the love and respect he has for water in nearly every sentence.”
- Michelle Kaye Malsbury, Bookpleasures.com
“An exciting story of adventure and deception. … I was captivated by the stories told in this book I cannot sing the praises enough for his writing.”
- The Plucky Reader
- Crystal Book Reviews
“Good writing and fascinating plot.”
“Deep Water Blues is a gripping summer read.”
“This novel is a rollercoaster of drama written deftly and with a keep sense of beauty. An exciting ... read that I’m sure to revisit many times.”
- Jessica Webster in Maine Harbors
“Whilst some novelists give you characters who are ‘larger than life’ Waitzkin gives you characters that are the very essence of life itself.” — Andrewd settings.
“His writing has soul. … All In all, this is an absolute masterpiece.” — Buzz
“Pleasurable it was, but I didn’t put the book down until I had read it–in one sitting.” — CR
“A captivating tale of stories within stories, brilliant characters, and the drama that unfolds on a small island in the Bahamas. Has the feel of Gatsby in the Caribbean.” — Dan Mutter
“Mr. Waitzkin is a superb writer. His character development is flawless.” — LostKnight
“Fred Waitzkin is masterful in bringing to life the paradise of Rum Cay.” — Kasa Cotugno