The Watery Part of the World

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The Watery Part of the World

By Michael Parker

Algonquin Books, Paperback, 9781616201432, 288pp.

Publication Date: June 5, 2012

Michael Parker's vast and involving novel about pirates and slaves, treason and treasures, madness and devotion, takes place on a tiny island battered by storms and cut off from the world. Inspired by two little-known moments in history, it begins in 1813, when Theodosia Burr, en route to New York by ship to meet her father, Aaron Burr, disappears off the coast of North Carolina. It ends a hundred and fifty years later, when the last three inhabitants of a remote island two elderly white women and the black man who takes care of them are forced to leave their beloved spot of land. Parker tells an enduring story about what we ll sacrifice for love, and what we won t.