A Swordboat Captain Returns to the Sea
By Linda Greenlaw
(Viking Adult, Hardcover, 9780670021925, 256pp.)
Publication Date: June 1, 2010
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The bestselling author's sequel to The Hungry Ocean--a fast-paced account of her return to swordfishing
Linda Greenlaw hadn't been bluewater fishing for ten years- not since the events chronicled in the books The Perfect Storm and The Hungry Ocean-but when her lobster traps aren't paying off, her truck is on its last gasp, and the bills are piling up, she decides to take a friend up on his offer and captain a boat for a season of swordfishing. A decade older, and with family responsibilities, she's a different person heading out to sea, but any reluctance is quickly tempered by the magnetic lure of adventure. And the adventures begin almost immediately: The ship turns out to be rusty and ancient, and even with a crew of four Greenlaw is faced with technical challenges. There are the expected complexities of longline fishing and the nuances of reading the weather. Her greatest challenge, however, comes when the boat's lines inadvertently drift into Canadian waters and Greenlaw is thrown in jail.
Capturing the moment-by-moment details of her journey, Greenlaw tells a story about human nature and the nature around us, about learning what can be controlled and when to let fate step in. Seaworthy is a compelling narrative about a person setting her own terms and finding her true self between land and water.
Linda Greenlaw, America’s only female swordfish boat captain, was featured in the book and film The Perfect Storm. She has written three New York Times bestselling nonfiction books about life as a commercial fisherman as well as a cookbook and two mysteries. She lives on Isle au Haut, off the coast of Maine.
Linda Greenlaw took a decade off from commercial fishing, but the siren call of the deep blue water drew her back in. The only female swordfish boat captain in the United States recounts her latest adventure at sea in a new memoir, Seaworthy. More at NPR.org
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Praise for The Hungry Ocean
"Anyone who loves the sea will love this book."
-Sebastian Junger, author of The Perfect Storm
"A beautiful book...A story of triumph, of a woman not only making it but succeeding at the highest level in one of the most male-dominated and most dangerous professions."
-Douglas Whynott, The New York Times Book Review
Praise for The Lobster Chronicles
"These true, interwoven stories of island life and lobstering are as engaging and uncommon as [Greenlaw's] adventures at sea."
"Captivating reading: satisfying as a Maine lobster dinner."