On two remote islands off the coast of Maine - Courne Haven and Fort Niles - generations of local lobstermen have fought each other over who has the ... Show synopsis On two remote islands off the coast of Maine - Courne Haven and Fort Niles - generations of local lobstermen have fought each other over who has the right to fish the waters that divide them. Their unlikely saviour is eighteen-year-old Ruth Thomas, a smart, resilient, irredeemably romantic woman who avoids her destiny with a passion that serves only to draw it closer to her.'Finding an Austen heroine in a lobster boat - an irreverent and observant young woman, reeking of bait - is one of many delights delivered by Elizabeth Gilbert in Stern Men, her beautifully wrought and very funny novel' Mirabella 'Ruth loves her island with a heroine's passionate wisdom, but she falls in love with a boy from the enemy island, the enemy clan...There's Romeo and Juliet in the drama of the young lovers' - "Los Angeles Times". 'Elizabeth Gilbert has been described by Annie Proulx as a 'writer of incandescent talent'. She justifies this assessment in "Stern Men"...Gilbert's poise in constructing a plot and her feeling for her characters make it a worthy successor to Pilgrims which won a series of first-fiction awards' - "Glasgow Herald".