Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The Lobster Chronicles: Life on a Very Small Island by Linda Greenlaw

First sentence:

"In terms of status, the lobster has come a long way."


"After seventeen years at sea, Linda Greenlaw -- author of the New York Times bestseller The Hungry Ocean -- decided it was time to take a break from being a swordboat captain, the career that earned her a prominent role in Sebastian Junger's The Perfect Storm and a portrayal in the subsequent film. She felt she needed to return home, to a tiny island seven miles off the Maine coast with a population of seventy year-round residents, thirty of whom are her relatives. She would pursue a simpler life; move back in with her parents; become a professional lobsterman:; and find a man and settle down. But almost none of this works out as planned, and soon she is forced to reevaluate everything she thought she knew about life, luck, and lobsters.

In this hilarious and moving true story, Greenlaw reveals her keen eye for the dramas of small-town life, as well as her talent for fascinating nautical descripton. The Lobster Chronicles is a must-read for everyone who loves boats and the ocean (and lobsters), everyone who has ever reached a crossroads in life, and everyone who has wondered what it would be like to live on a very small island. A celebration of family and community, this is a book that proves once again that fishermen are the best storytellers around." -- from the back cover

My thoughts:

I enjoyed reading this book about trying to make a new life back home. I especially like Linda's observations about her relatives and other Islanders.

Date read: 8/18/2009
Book #: 41
Challenge: Dewey Decimal Challenge
Rating: 3*/5 = good
Genre: Memoir

ISBN-10: 0786885912
ISBN-13: 9780786885916
Publisher: Hyperion
Year: 2002
# of Pages: 235
LibraryThing page

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