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The Boatmaker

John Benditt


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Longlisted for the 2016 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction

Part fable, part allegory, The Boatmaker is the haunting and passionate story of a voyage of self-discovery.

A fierce and complicated man wakes from a fever dream compelled to build a boat and sail away from the isolated island where he was born. Encountering the wider world for the first time, the reluctant hero falls into a destructive love affair, is swept up into a fanatical religious movement, and finds himself a witness to racial hatred unlike anything he’s ever known. The boatmaker is tempted, beaten, and betrayed: his journey marked by chilling episodes of violence and horror while he struggles to summon the strength to make his own way. The Boatmaker is a fable for our times, a passionate love story, and an odyssey of self-discovery.

Tin House Books, 9781935639985, 400pp.

Publication Date: March 3, 2015

About the Author

John Benditt had a distinguished career as a science journalist. He was an editor at Scientific American and at Science before serving as editor in chief of Technology Review. The Boatmaker is his debut novel.