The Story of Land and Sea

The Story of Land and Sea

A Novel

eBook - 2014
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Set in a small coastal town in North Carolina during the waning years of the American Revolution, this incandescent debut novel follows three generations of family'fathers and daughters, mother and son, master and slave, characters who yearn for redemption amidst a heady brew of war, kidnapping, slavery, and love. Drawn to the ocean, ten-year-old Tabitha wanders the marshes of her small coastal village and listens to her father's stories about his pirate voyages and the mother she never knew. Since the loss of his wife Helen, John has remained land-bound for their daughter, but when Tab contracts yellow fever, he turns to the sea once more. Desperate to save his daughter, he takes her aboard a sloop bound for Bermuda, hoping the salt air will heal her. Years before, Helen herself was raised by a widowed father. Asa, the devout owner of a small plantation, gives his daughter a young slave named Moll for her tenth birthday. Left largely on their own, Helen and Moll develop a close but uneasy companionship. Helen gradually takes over the running of the plantation as the girls grow up, but when she meets John, the pirate turned Continental soldier, she flouts convention and her father's wishes by falling in love. Moll, meanwhile, is forced into marriage with a stranger. Her only solace is her son, Davy, whom she will protect with a passion that defies the bounds of slavery. In this elegant, evocative, and haunting debut, Katy Simpson Smith captures the singular love between parent and child, the devastation of love lost, and the lonely paths we travel in the name of renewal.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2014
ISBN: 9780062335968
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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ArapahoeKati May 07, 2019

If you love novels with character development and stunning writing, you will enjoy this. If you like plot-driven novels, this one likely won't keep you engaged.

Nov 04, 2018

Reading the only other comments I did not come to a conclusion anywhere near theirs. Maybe it's because I listened to the audio. Right off I was fascinated with the opening quote from Isaac Watts, yet I know nothing about him or his writing.

I found this tale totally absorbing, so vivid to my mind. Sadly, I found her other books totally uninteresting, no beauty in the language of her writing of this book. Some books are better the second time.

cmlibrary_anickerson Jan 30, 2016

Intense character development.
Book left me feeling lost and detached from story.

Nov 02, 2015

Very depressing story of women who die in childbirth and men who can't move on with life. No real plot or action just sorrow.

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