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Rowing saga strives to stir but falls flat

POSTED: June 2, 2013 1:00 a.m.

I thought I would have little to identify with in this book, since its premise is based on competitive rowing, an activity I have neither participated in or ever harbored interest to watch. While Ron Irwin’s upcoming novel, “Flat Water Tuesday,” does spend a good amount of time detailing the rigors of training, mentally preparing and contending in the sport, it is more a story about a man coming to grips with his painful past, his turbulent present and the long-buried memories that inevitably rise back to the surface.

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