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Beachcombing for a Shipwrecked Godby Joe Coomer
Synopses & Reviews
Nine weeks after losing her husband, Charlotte escapes to a wooden motor yacht in New Hampshire, where her shipmates are an aging blue-haired widow, an emotional seventeen-year-old, and the ugliest dog in literature. A genuine bond develops among the three women, as their distinct personalities and paths cross and converge against the backdrop of emotional secrets, abuse, and the wages of old age.
Off the boat, Charlotte, an archaeologist, joins a local excavation to uncover an ancient graveyard. Here she can indulge her passion for reconstructing the past, even as she tries to bury her own recent history. She comes to realize, however, that the currents of time are as fluid and persistent as the water that drifts beneath her comforting new home.
"Coomer meticulously evokes the sights, sounds and flavors of New England and the north Atlantic coast in prose that at its best courses with the sonorous majesty of the tides." Publishers Weekly
"[T]his story of personal regeneration amidst wise eccentrics is quirky but engaging. The actions of Charlotte's in-laws are sometimes extreme, but Coomer's forceful narrative makes them plausible." Library Journal
"An entertaining, provocative read." Dallas Morning News
"A captivating novel...provocative and life—affirming." Fort Worth Star Telegram
The quirky and life-sustaining friendship among three women of different generations is brought to life with rare insight and humor in this poignant novel, optioned for feature film production by Jodie Foster.
About the Author
Joe Coomer is the author of The Loop, a New York Times Book of the Year; A Flatland Fable; and an award-winning work of nonfiction, Dream House. He lives in Springtown, Texas, and Eliot, Maine.
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