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The Lobster Kingsby Alexi Zentner
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The Kings family has lived on Loosewood Island for three hundred years, and they’ve been blessed with the bounty of the sea. But for the Kings, every blessing comes with a curse. Woody Kings, the leader of the island’s lobster fishing community and the family patriarch, teeters on the throne. Cordelia, the oldest of Woody’s three daughters, stands to inherit the crown after the death of her brother. To do so, however, she has to fend off meth dealers from the mainland while navigating sibling rivalry and the vulnerable nature of her own heart when she falls in love with her sternman.
A love story and a modern epic in the grand Shakespearian vein that introduces a fiery and unforgettable heroine, The Lobster Kings is the story of Cordelia’s struggle to maintain her island’s way of life in the face of danger from offshore and the rich, looming, mythical legacy of her family’s namesake.
"Zentner's second novel (after Touch) is brutal and beautiful. Heroine Cordelia Kings is a member of the legendary lobster-fishing Kings family, which has been plying their trade for 300 years on Loosewood Island, Maine. Her family line began with painter and fisherman Brumfitt Kings, who believed his wife was a gift from the sea. Gifts come with a price, and there is a legend that the Kings suffer from a curse; the curse appears to be real when Cordelia's brother, Scotty, dies (he was expected to be heir to the family lobster company, but, as it turns out, wasn't the waterman Cordelia is). As times change, so do threats. Lobstermen from nearby James Harbor moved into the Loosewood fishing territory some time ago; now they're also running drugs. But Loosewood's small population (including Cordelia's two younger sisters and her tyrannical father) can't wait around for the authorities to react; they take care of things themselves, igniting a spark that starts the book's escalating conflict. Zentner gets the reader to root for Cordelia very early on. His fusion of myth and mission, fury and beauty, as well as the palpable sense of place in this unique corner of the world add up to a memorable tale." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Confirms what already prophesied: Alexi Zentner is one of the greatest literary architects and mythmakers working today."--Téa Obreht, author of
From the internationally acclaimed author of , praised as "breathtaking" () and "lovely...at once dreamy and riveting" (), comes a powerful family saga steeped in the legends of the sea. Set in a lobster fishing village, introduces a fiery and unforgettable heroine, Cordelia Kings.
About the Author
Alexi Zentner is the author of Touch, which was published in a dozen countries. A Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick, Touch was shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award, the Center for Fiction's Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, and the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, and longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Zentner's fiction has been featured in The Atlantic and Tin House. He lives in Ithaca, New York, with his family.
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