Declared "a triumph" by the "New York Times" Book Review, Greenlaw's first book, "The Hungry Ocean, " appeared on many bestseller lists. Now, taking a break from the sword fishing career that earned her a major role in "The Perfect Storm, " Greenlaw returns to Isle au Haut--a tiny Maine island with a population of 70 year-round residents, 30 of ...Read MoreDeclared "a triumph" by the "New York Times" Book Review, Greenlaw's first book, "The Hungry Ocean, " appeared on many bestseller lists. Now, taking a break from the sword fishing career that earned her a major role in "The Perfect Storm, " Greenlaw returns to Isle au Haut--a tiny Maine island with a population of 70 year-round residents, 30 of whom are Greenlaw's relatives.Read Less
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New in New jacket. After 17 years at sea, the author of Hungry Ocean decided it was time to take a break. She returned home to a tiny island seven miles off the coast of Maine and became a lobsterperson.
In the process of moving to Isle Au Haut's mainland town of Stonington, my husband and I read this wonderful account of life in a working fishing village to get a feel for what to expect. We enjoyed it so much that we have given copies of it to everyone who asked us why (we were leaving "civilization"). Now that we have begun to meet the members of our new community, we know that Ms. Greenlaw has written a compelling account of life in a small, interdependent community faced with the pressures of preserving a way of life against not only "progress" but being dictated to by individuals and institutions that do not have a clear understanding of working waterfronts.
Publishers Weekly, 2002-05-06 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. (July) Forecast: Greenlaw's previous book appeared on many bestseller lists. While this title may lack the thrill and Perfect Storm mystique of her previous book, expect strong sales, which will be boosted by an appearance on the Today show. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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