Synopses & Reviews
“Stephens gives the reader an unvarnished view of the subculture of lobster fishermen in small-town coastal Maine.”—James Acheson, author of The Lobster Gangs of Maine
“Stephens has a wonderful clear eye for people, especially Maine people, and The Ghost Trap is populated with dozens from all walks of Maine life.”—Bill Roorbach, author of Temple Stream
“A salty, tangy read. . . . Stephens plunges you into the back-breaking, heart-breaking life of one lobsterman.”—Richard Grant, author of Another Green World
“Stephens nails harbor life down to the unwritten rules and defense of imaginary territory lines. . . . Peppered with dark humor and brutal honesty, The Ghost Trap gives it to you straight, the way life should be.”—Ryan Post, fourth-generation lobsterman, creator of Mainebuggin.com
“Characters and setting that reflect a real, raw piece of Maine. . . . With Anja and Jamie, Stephens introduces us to characters whose stories and situations are heartbreaking. This book reminds us that as complicated as lobster fishing might be, human relationships are always more fraught with difficulty.”—Portland Phoenix
The haunting story of a young lobsterman, Jamie Eugley, who is struggling with the grinding responsibilities of a head-injured fiancée and mounting trap wars. Written with sensitivity and rich description, this is a piercingly accurate depiction of life in a small Maine lobstering community.
K. Stephens is a Maine arts and entertainment writer who has written about schooners, food and wine, teenagers and the creative economy. Most lobstermen she knows are only too happy to share a crazy story after a beer or three. The Ghost Trap is her debut novel.
"In her impressive debut novel, Stephens offers a rugged and tender tale. Jamie Eugley, a ninth-generation lobsterman in the port village of Owls Head has cared for his brain-injured girlfriend, Anja, for three long years. Jamie suffers deep guilt over her near drowning accident while aboard his lobster boat and her subsequent debilitating coma. Anja's medical improvement has been frustratingly slow, but Jamie continues to nurse his nave, stubborn fantasy of marrying the recovered Anja. Meanwhile, he deals with a dangerous and violent trap war among the lobstermen and a romance with Happy Klein, a first mate on a tourist schooner up for the summer season who wants Jamie to come back with her to Key West. The bawdy humor, snappy dialogue, colorful local sea myths and rich lobstering details add to the immense appeal of this textured narrative about a superstitious but independent lobsterman's inward and outward struggles. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
A young lobsterman struggles with responsibility of a head-injured fiancée and cutthroat competition on the water.
About the Author
K. Stephens lives in the woods of Maine, and is a writer whose subjects include schooners, food and wine, homeless teenagers, and Maine personalities. Articles and fiction have appeared in many Maine magazines. Most lobstermen, says Stephens, are happy to share a crazy story after a beer or three. Stephens holds a master's in writing and publishing from Emerson College.