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After 17 years at sea, Linda Greenlaw decided it was time to take a break from being a swordboat captain, the career that would earn her a prominent role in Sebastian Junger's The Perfect Storm and a portrayal in the subsequent film.

Greenlaw decided to move back home, to a tiny island seven miles off the Maine coast. There, she would pursue a simpler life as a lobsterman, find a husband, and settle down. But all doesn't go as planned. The lobsters refuse to crawl out from under their rocks and into the traps she and her father have painstakingly set. Fellow islanders draw her into bizarre intrigues, and the eligible bachelors prove even more elusive than the lobsters. But just when she thinks things can't get worse, something happens that forces her to reevaluate everything she thought she knew about life, luck, and lobsters.

Filled with nautical detail and the dramas of small-town life, The Lobster Chronicles is a celebration of family and community. Greenlaw proves once again that fishermen are the best storytellers around.

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"Greenlaw (The Hungry Ocean), known to readers of The Perfect Storm as the captain of the sister ship to the ill-fated Andrea Gail, gave up swordfishing to return to her parents' home on Isle Au Haut off the coast of Maine and fish for lobster. Her plainspoken essays paint a picture of a grueling life as she details maintaining her boat and her equipment, setting and hauling hundreds of traps with a crew of one (her father, a retired steel company executive), contending with the weather and surviving seasons when the lobsters don't bother to come around. She intersperses her narrative with plenty of eccentrics who live on her tiny island (there are 47 full-time residents, half of whom she's somehow related to). Among them are Rita, the inveterate borrower who's such a nuisance that Greenlaw's parents hide behind the couch when they see her coming; George and Tommy of Island Boy Repairs, who make a horrendous mess of every job they undertake; and Victor, the cigar-eating womanizer who imports a red-headed flasher from Alabama. One of Greenlaw's themes is her desire to find a husband but, according to her friend Alden, she intimidates men: she's tough talking, feisty and very self-assured, which is no doubt why the other lobstermen on the island readily accept her as one of them. Self-speculation and uncertainties such as these nicely balance her delightfully cocky essays of island life." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Straightforward storytelling and captivating reading: satisfying as a Maine lobster dinner." Kirkus Reviews

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"A lot of fun to read." New York Times Book Review

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"Sense of independence is what this clear, proud memoir is all about." Boston Globe

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"These true, interwoven stories of island life and lobstering are as engaging and uncommon as [Greenlaw's] adventures at sea." Boston Magazine

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"Greenlaw writes about island life with the same plain-spoken lyricism and self-effacing humor that elevated her first book [The Hungry Ocean] to bestselling status." Book

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After 17 years at sea, Linda Greenlaw decided it was time to take a break from being a swordboat captain, the career that earned her a role in Sebastian Junger's "The Perfect Storm." Filled with nautical detail and the dramas of small-town life, "The Lobster Chronicles" is a celebration of family and community.

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salientpoint101, January 20, 2010 (view all comments by salientpoint101)
Linda Greenlaw has a wonderful way of telling a story. After reading this book I wanted to see it played out on either a movie screen or, preferably, as a television series which I could then look forward to week after week. The social interactions which take place in these stories between family members and communitiy members are told in a way that made me feel like I was present and didn't want to leave. In fact, after closing the book I wondered if I was made of the right stuff to be able to pack up my family and head to the American northeast in search of whatever it was which Linda Greenlaw had made me feel while reading her stories.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780786885916
Author:
Greenlaw, Linda
Publisher:
Hyperion Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Maine
Subject:
Lobster fisheries
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Agriculture - General
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Greenlaw, Linda
Subject:
Lobster fisheries - Maine - Isle au Haut
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
TradePB
Publication Date:
20030631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8 x 5.1875 in 8.72 oz
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Greenlaw (The Hungry Ocean), known to readers of The Perfect Storm as the captain of the sister ship to the ill-fated Andrea Gail, gave up swordfishing to return to her parents' home on Isle Au Haut off the coast of Maine and fish for lobster. Her plainspoken essays paint a picture of a grueling life as she details maintaining her boat and her equipment, setting and hauling hundreds of traps with a crew of one (her father, a retired steel company executive), contending with the weather and surviving seasons when the lobsters don't bother to come around. She intersperses her narrative with plenty of eccentrics who live on her tiny island (there are 47 full-time residents, half of whom she's somehow related to). Among them are Rita, the inveterate borrower who's such a nuisance that Greenlaw's parents hide behind the couch when they see her coming; George and Tommy of Island Boy Repairs, who make a horrendous mess of every job they undertake; and Victor, the cigar-eating womanizer who imports a red-headed flasher from Alabama. One of Greenlaw's themes is her desire to find a husband but, according to her friend Alden, she intimidates men: she's tough talking, feisty and very self-assured, which is no doubt why the other lobstermen on the island readily accept her as one of them. Self-speculation and uncertainties such as these nicely balance her delightfully cocky essays of island life." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Straightforward storytelling and captivating reading: satisfying as a Maine lobster dinner."
"Review" by , "A lot of fun to read."
"Review" by , "Sense of independence is what this clear, proud memoir is all about."
"Review" by , "These true, interwoven stories of island life and lobstering are as engaging and uncommon as [Greenlaw's] adventures at sea."
"Review" by , "Greenlaw writes about island life with the same plain-spoken lyricism and self-effacing humor that elevated her first book [The Hungry Ocean] to bestselling status."
"Synopsis" by , After 17 years at sea, Linda Greenlaw decided it was time to take a break from being a swordboat captain, the career that earned her a role in Sebastian Junger's "The Perfect Storm." Filled with nautical detail and the dramas of small-town life, "The Lobster Chronicles" is a celebration of family and community.
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