Random House Trade, Paperback, 9780375761164, 320pp.
Publication Date: May 11, 2004
Lush and fiercely beautiful, Moon Tide follows the lives of three women in a small fishing town on the Massachusetts coast, from 1913 to the Great New England Hurricane of 1938. With lyrical prose, wisdom, and insight, Dawn Clifton Tripp maps the shifting tensions in a small town on the verge of change. Like the growing weight of a storm, the lives in Westport Point build in emotional momentum even as the storm approaches, and the landscape of the earth comes to reflect the geography of the mind. A novel of love and loss, survival and revelation, Moon Tide is an extraordinary debut.
“A shimmering work, an audacious debut; a gem.”
“A dream of a book—hypnotic, poetic, transporting the reader through time and space. . . . Moon Tide is the thinking woman’s beach book.”
—The Charlotte Observer
“Moon Tide is a haunting meditation—reminiscent of Louise Erdrich—on family, place, love, mourning, and memory. . . . It feels like a dream.”
—HAVEN KIMMEL, author of A Girl Named Zippy
“Meticulously observed . . . A rich, tumultuous wave of natural lore and dailiness, love, loss, and revenge . . . all rendered by a young writer of impressive talent and heart.”
—The Providence Journal
“[A] smooth, sorrowful beauty of a first novel.”
“Sensual and visceral . . . Impressively researched and often hypnotic.”
—The Boston Globe