"Nicolas Graves raised his sons to be lobstermen. Bill and Jonah Graves grew up aboard their father’s boat—the Cinderella—learning the rules and rites of the antiquated business they love. But when their father is lost at sea and the price of lobster crashes worldwide, Bill and Jonah must decide how much they are willing to risk for their family legacy.This book (which has been getting great reviews all over the place and was launched at the Gilford Public Library) is set in Maine, where author Jon Keller lives part of the year. Lobstering goes on in New Hampshire as well and Keller will be talking about his book on Saturday, July 18, 2015 at The Country Bookseller in Wolfeboro so I decided to feature Of Sea and Cloud this week.
Standing against them is Osmond Raymond— former Calvinist minister, mystic, captain of Sanctity, and their father’s business partner for more than twenty years. Together with his grandson and heir, Julius, Osmond is determined to push the Graves family out of their lobster pound, regardless of the cost or the consequences.
In the tradition of Russell Banks’ Affliction, Annie Proulx’s The Shipping News or Philipp Meyer’s The Son, Of Sea and Cloud is a powerful, haunting novel that, with extraordinary depth and compassion, explores the relationships between fathers and sons, tradition and change, and the surprising ways in which globalization is affecting some of the most isolated harbors on this planet." --publisher's blurb