Synopses & Reviews
When New York Times
bestselling author Linda Greenlaw goes fishing, she catches us all hook, line, and sinker.
A riveting and uproarious collection of true tales of fishing and adventure at sea by Linda Greenlaw author of the New York Times bestsellers The Lobster Chronicles and The Hungry Ocean.
Just before Christmas, Linda meets up with her best friend and fellow fisherman Alden Leeman for lunch and a drink at the Dry Dock, a well-worn watering hole in Portland, Maine. Alden, the captain of Linda's first fishing expedition, has seen his share of mishaps and adventures at sea. When Linda shares memories of navigating her ship through one of the craziest storms she's ever seen, Alden quickly follows up with his own tales. Then other fishermen, who are sitting on the periphery attentively listening, decide to weigh in with yarns of their own.
All Fishermen Are Liars brims with true stories of the most eccentric crew member, the funniest episode, the biggest fish, and the wildest night at sea. Denizens of the Dry Dock drift in and out as the bar begins to swell with rounds of drinks and tales that increase in drama. Here are some of the greatest fishing stories ever all relayed by Linda Greenlaw in her inimitable style.
All Fishermen Are Liars will give readers what they have come to love and expect from Linda Greenlaw luminous descriptions and edge-of-the-seat thrills. It's the perfect book for anyone who loves fishing and the sea.
"The genesis of this lively collection of 'absolutely true sea stories' is Greenlaw's (Lobster Chronicles) remembrance of an afternoon and evening spent with her crusty old friend Alden in a bar in Portland, Maine, trading tales about fishing and adventures at sea. Greenlaw, who makes her living as a commercial fisher, includes among the stories an account of how she nearly lost a boatload of 500 lobster traps the day she ignored the weatherman's storm warnings; the saga of being adrift at sea on a disabled fishing boat with a captain who was too cheap to pay for a tow; and a yarn about her chance meeting with a legendary dope-smuggling captain on the lam in the Caribbean. She also tells other people's stories, such as one about a fisherman who was forced to abandon his ship and managed to survive a night in the water during a hurricane. Alden chimes in with memories of the worst storm of his 40 years of commercial fishing. Two barflies join them. One tells of the young captain of a sightseeing vessel who almost lost the boat and 150 passengers during a storm, and the other contributes a whopper about landing a 200-pound tuna using rock-and-roll music as the lure. The stories are separated by short anecdotes about fishermen; Greenlaw calls these 'bar snacks.' At the end of the night, a woman of dubious character known as 'the Madam' joins the group and declares, 'All fishermen are liars.' Greenlaw leaves it up to the reader to decide how much is truth and how much is exaggeration. Either way, the stories are all very entertaining. Agent, Stuart Krichevsky. (July) Forecast: Greenlaw has experienced great success with her two previous books, The Hungry Ocean and Lobster Chronicles, and this title should garner similar attention." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"[T]hese stories are spun out with such ease that you'd need tweezers to lift out the malarkey embedded in otherwise true material....A crackling collection of fishing yarns." Kirkus Reviews
"Greenlaw is a terrific spinner of sea stories anyone's sea stories. In her recounting of them, the conversational style surges with confidence. Suspense is her friend, and she plays with pace like an old pro who's used to telling long jokes without ruining the punch lines." New York Times Book Review
"These yarns enchant even as they remind us that angling, no matter where experienced, offers the sort of escape into simplicity and adventure that explains why it is both a way of life and one of America's most popular sporting activities." Library Journal
In All Fisherman are Liars, Linda meets up with her best friend and fellow fisherman Alden Leeman for lunch and a drink at the Drydock in Portland just before Christmas. The surly captain of her first fishing expedition, Alden has seen his share of mishaps and adventures while at sea. When Linda shares memories of navigating her ship through one of the worst storms she's ever seen, Alden quickly follows up with his own tale of terror and survival while other fishermen sit on the periphery attentively listening before jumping in with stories of their own. The stories will focus on such things as the most eccentric crew members, the funniest episode, the biggest fish, and the wildest story. The characters will draft in and out with the rounds of drinks with tales of their own dramatic moments, increasing in pitch and decreasing in believability as alcohol is consumed.
Veteran deep-sea fisherman Greenlaw relays true fishing stories--swapped with other seafarers at the Dry Dock Bar--on such topics as the most eccentric crew member, the funniest episode, the biggest fish, the wildest night at sea and more.
About the Author
Linda Greenlaw has been a deep-sea fisherman for 18 years, becoming the first and only female swordfish captain in the Grand Banks Fleet. She was raised in Maine and graduated from Colby College. Greenlaw now lives on Isle au Haut, Maine, where she captains a lobster boat.