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Rapids by Tim Parks
In Rapids, six adults and nine adolescents leave the UK for a white-water kayaking holiday in the Italian Alps. The leader and instructor is Clive, who is in between street protests at anti-globalization rallies. Michela is his Italian girlfriend, although she seems shunned by him at times. Vince is banker who has brought his daughter in hopes of bonding after his wife's death. This mixture of adults and teens will antagonize and attract each other, face personal challenges, and find their lives uprooted by the holiday and by nature they hope they can conquer. Tim Parks explores the group dynamic amid lives, and a world, in peril. Rapids has received mostly positive reviews with The Independent saying, "Rapids is a thrilling white-water ride, not only through the landscape of the Italian Alps, but also through the quirks and eddies of the human heart."