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"This atmospheric, gritty first novel from ex-lobsterman Keller takes place on Maine's rugged coast. An argument flares up between lobster catchers Nicolas Graves and Osmond Randolph over their lobster pound, a protected cove used for harvesting the animals, prompting Osmond to push his longtime partner into the sea and allow him to drown. Osmond, an imposing former Calvinist preacher said to experience strange religious visions, has plans to expand his operation in order to survive in the face of an increasingly corporate-dominated industry. He also dotes on his 20-year-old grandson Julius Wesley, a drug dealer. Nicolas leaves behind two sons, the older of whom, 'Captain' Bill, is in the family business. The younger son, college-educated and introspective Jonah, had been estranged from Nicholas at the time of his death. When the two brothers discover their father's skeleton at the bottom of the lobster pound, they realize that Osmond may have murdered Nicolas, setting the stage for a feud between the two families. The rich lore of the Maine lobstermen combines with an energetic narrative and muscular prose to make Keller's fiction debut a winner. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Peggy Arthurs, April 9, 2014 (view all comments by Peggy Arthurs)
The word raw comes to mind when thinking on this book. Raw, cold, Maine weather and sea water. Raw emotions and relationships. Powerful is another word that comes to mind. Powerful storytelling, powerful characters, and of course the powerful north Atlantic ocean. I love Maine. It's stark ruggedness draws me for some reason. You have to be made of stern stock to survive there. The first time I visited there I was mesmerized with the rough rocky coastline where huge boulders sat, thrown there like they were softballs by a mad and churning sea. And yet growing out of the cracks of these rocks were tiny wildflowers. I don't particularly like the 'beach', the warm sandy beach for swimming and laying in the sun, but this shore I can stand next to all day with the wind blowing and the waves booming. This is what Maine does to people. It captures you. This book will capture you too.

The tale takes place in winter. Gorgeous writing describing the icy sea and the wind. This is a story about an old and insular way of life in the midst of radical change. A good look into the lobstering industry and how it works and how it is changing. But its also a story of flesh and blood.

I can't really say too much about the story as I don't want to give away anything. You need to go in blind and let it capture you from the very get go. I want it to unfold for you the same way it did for me. Complex relationships, a shocking death at sea. Deep, rich characters with the sea in their blood. Revenge, forgiveness, healing. Holds you to the very end. And haunts you when your done.
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ISBN:
9781440580222
Author:
Keller, Jon
Publisher:
Tyrus Books
Subject:
Popular Fiction - Nautical Fiction
Publication Date:
20140631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This atmospheric, gritty first novel from ex-lobsterman Keller takes place on Maine's rugged coast. An argument flares up between lobster catchers Nicolas Graves and Osmond Randolph over their lobster pound, a protected cove used for harvesting the animals, prompting Osmond to push his longtime partner into the sea and allow him to drown. Osmond, an imposing former Calvinist preacher said to experience strange religious visions, has plans to expand his operation in order to survive in the face of an increasingly corporate-dominated industry. He also dotes on his 20-year-old grandson Julius Wesley, a drug dealer. Nicolas leaves behind two sons, the older of whom, 'Captain' Bill, is in the family business. The younger son, college-educated and introspective Jonah, had been estranged from Nicholas at the time of his death. When the two brothers discover their father's skeleton at the bottom of the lobster pound, they realize that Osmond may have murdered Nicolas, setting the stage for a feud between the two families. The rich lore of the Maine lobstermen combines with an energetic narrative and muscular prose to make Keller's fiction debut a winner. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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