A story inspired by the plot of "King Lear" relates the fortunes of a family who has reaped the sea's bounty on Loosewood Island for three hundred years, but pays for it with the loss of every firstborn son.
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Alexi Zentner is the author of Touch, which was published in a dozen countries. His fiction has been featured in the Atlantic and Tin House, among other publications. He lives in Ithaca, New York, with his family.From Booklist:
The talented author of the mystical Touch (2011) returns with a much more commercial novel about fishing wars on the fictional Loosewood Island. The Kings family has been fishing lobster for 300 years and is descended from a famous painter who, family legend has it, was married to a mermaid. Now, however, their waters are being invaded by the rough men who work at an overfished neighboring harbor and who dabble in delivering boatloads of meth. Cordelia, the eldest of the three daughters, loves the work and is the obvious heir to her aging father’s business, but her favored place has come at the expense of sibling rivalry. She’s in love with her married sternman and is determined to preserve her way of life, even if it means confronting the men who are cutting her family’s traps. Zentner spends a good deal of time setting up the family mythology and echoing Shakespeare’s King Lear, but when the fishing wars heat up, so does the plot. With its strong female lead and its evocative setting, this could well be Zentner’s breakout book. --Joanne Wilkinson
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