The Fisherman's Son

The Fisherman's Son

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Drifting in a life raft off the northern California coast after a horrifying shipwreck, Neil Kruger retreats from his fear by recalling scenes from his childhood. He finds solace in memories of his father, a taciturn man who introduced him to the fisherman's life; his mother, who worked at the local cannery to keep the family fed; and a host of local fishermen, whose battles with the sea become for Neil both a model and a tragic foreshadowing of his own fate. At once a stunning evocation of a dying world and an intimate story of a troubled family,The Fisherman's Son is a triumphant and utterly authentic novel about our lifelines to childhood and the pull of the sea.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 132.08 x 200.66 x 20.32mm | 294.83g
  • Broadway Books (A Division of Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc)
  • Broadway Books (A Division of Bantam Doubleday Del
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0767902459
  • 9780767902458

Review quote

"Brilliantly written and mesmerically evocative, Koepf's extraordinary novel is a tribute to tough men and their long-suffering, and sometimesnot-so-long-suffering, families."--"The Los Angeles Times" "[Koepf] has filled The Fisherman's Son with bountiful helpings of the heart and vigor that we look for in the Great American Novel."--"The Oregonian" "Imagine Sebastian Junger's The Perfect Storm without its long-winded passages or the dry-as-toast science. That's what you get with Michael Koepf's powerful and poignant novel."--"The Denver Post" "The memories and flashbacks that compose the bulk of the book display a remarkable diversity. They range through adventures on the high seas, coming-of-age tales, family dramas, and some absolutely superb descriptions of the daily work on a fishing boat. . . . My eight-year-old son, who insisted I read to him all the shipwreck scenes, listened wide-eyed, gulping, utterly enthralled."--"The San Francisco Chronicle""show more

About Michael Koepf

Michael Koepf worked for nineteen years as a commercial fisherman, the same trade as that of his father and brothers. Formerly a journalist and a teacher, he is currently writing a screenplay on Lewis and Clark for Steven Spielberg's Dreamworks SKG. Koepf lives in Elk, California."show more

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Drifting in a life raft off the northern California coast after a horrifying shipwreck, Neil Kruger retreats from his fear by recalling scenes from his childhood. He finds solace in memories of his father, a taciturn man who introduced him to the fisherman's life; his mother, who worked at the local cannery to keep the family fed; and a host of local fishermen, whose battles with the sea become for Neil both a model and a tragic foreshadowing of his own fate. At once a stunning evocation of a dying world and an intimate story of a troubled family, The Fisherman's Son is a triumphant and utterly authentic novel about our lifelines to childhood and the pull of the sea.show more

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73 ratings
3.42 out of 5 stars
5 21% (15)
4 23% (17)
3 41% (30)
2 8% (6)
1 7% (5)
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