The Width Of The Sea

The Width Of The Sea

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This is the story of empty oceans and the men who fish them. It's the story of Rosaline, a New England fishing community facing the loss of its traditional way of life, struggling against the imposition of fishing quotas, the closing of the local cannery and the encroachment of the heritage industry, which exploits with nostalgia a way of life before it has even given up its last breath. It's the story of the denizens of Rosaline: John Fitz and his best friend Chris who work on John's father's fishing boat, The Pearl; barmaid Kate, indifferent mother and neglected wife of Chris, and Yve, Chris's sister, who is John's longtime girlfriend, but who, at twenty-nine, sees life passing her by. When a new crew of sailors come to town to work on the restoration of a schooner destined to be the main attraction of the maritime museum, tensions in the town, between friends and even in families, reach breaking point, and the fishermen of the Pearl set out on one last desperate, dangerous and hopeless expedition. The Width of the Sea is the story of good people who do a bad thing for a good reason and who find that when things go badly they must somehow find redemption. Eschewing the sentimental or melancholy, it is an exhilarating, resonant and powerfully written novel that presents, through the experiences of one community, a dilemma that is universal.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 126 x 198 x 21mm | 257g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0552998990
  • 9780552998994

About Michelle Chalfoun

Michelle Chalfoun has worked on land as a circus roustabout, a bartender, a maid and a teacher, and at sea as a sailor, a sea-cook and on the restoration crew of various historical tall ships. Her first book, the criticaly acclaimed Roustabout, was published in seven countries and is currenly being made into a major film. She and her husband divide their time between New England and the Puget Sound.show more

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