Sea Wife

Sea Wife

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"Juliet is failing to juggle motherhood and her stalled-out dissertation on confessional poetry when her husband, Michael, informs her that he wants to leave his job and buy a sailboat. With their two kids - Sybil, age seven, and George, age two - Juliet and Michael set off for Panama, where their forty-four foot sailboat awaits them. The initial result is transformative; the marriage is given a gust of energy, Juliet emerges from her depression, and the children quickly embrace the joys of being feral children at sea. Despite the stresses of being novice sailors, the family learns to crew the boat together on the ever-changing sea. The vast horizons and isolated islands offer Juliet and Michael reprieve - until they are tested by the unforeseen.Sea Wife is told in gripping dual perspectives: Juliet's first person narration, after the journey, as she struggles to come to terms with the life-changing events that unfolded at sea, and Michael's captain's log, which provides a riveting, slow-motion account of these same inexorable events, a dialogue that reveals the fault lines created by personal history and political divisions."--Publisher description.
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2020
Edition: First Edition
Description: 267 pages ; 25 cm
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9780525656494
Branch Call Number: Gaig


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Feb 24, 2021

At first I thought this was another pretentious literary fiction novel with a lot of unlikeable characters, muddled plot, changing narrative/POV aimed more at getting an award than anything else, a three-star at best, but toward the end I appreciated it more. I think it's because I could see character development/progress, there was indeed a plot and in the end I could be sympathetic to Juliet. A lot of people are complaining about the political arguments the couple had and the nautical jargon, but I think they serve a purpose to show one of many ways the couple had drifted apart and in the latter case, to show the many things Juliet (or any sailor) has to know/learn, especially in crisis. I found myself wishing i had bought a copy vs. borrowing one so that I could mark up the quotable passages.

Jan 04, 2021

This is one of the best books I have ever read. It is about a wife at sea, but also about life.

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