The Watery Part of the World
By Michael Parker
(Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Hardcover, 9781565126824, 261pp.)
Publication Date: April 2011
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
Categories: Historical - General
In this fiction based on historical fact, Parker weaves a tale of adventure and longing as he charts one hundred and fifty years in the life and death of an island and its inhabitants the descendants of Theodosia Burr Alston and those of the freed man whose family would be forever tethered to hers.
It s a tale of pirates and slaves, treason and treasures, madness and devotion, that takes place on a tiny island battered by storms, infested with mosquitoes, and cut off from the world as difficult to get to as it is impossible to leave for those who call it home. From Theodosia s capture at sea to the passionate lives of her great-great-great-granddaughters to the tender story of the black man who cares for them all his days, this is an inspired novel about love, trust, and the often tortuous bonds of family and community.
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