Dogfish Memory by Joseph A. Dane
Sailing in Search of Old Maine: A Memoir

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“An exquisite memoir about lost love and the sustaining grace of the sea.”—T.C. Boyle

The Maine dogfish are gone—fished to the brink of extinction. Gone too is Linda Jane, and with her the love and the subjunctive Maine that they might have shared. And what of that fabled “Old Maine”? Is it gone for good?

Dogfish Memory is the story of the search for an authentic Maine, a Maine of the past, whether historical or simply imagined, and a Maine of the present, one experienced by both permanent residents and seasonal ones—summerfolk. Joseph Dane is both. He has worked on commercial fishing boats as a local and he has sailed the coast for years like those who are “from away.” Dogfish Memory tells the story of how his often conflicting Maines are intertwined. Authentic Maine is elusive; stories and even photographs of a past Maine often contradict the memories of those who have lived through the changes they record. Dogfish Memory is thus the story of loss, the loss of a Maine recalled and imagined, and the loss of the love with which Maine is irrevocably associated.
 

About Joseph A. Dane

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Joseph A. Dane is a native of Maine who, despite being a professor of English at the University of Southern California, returns to his family property in Maine to spend summers sailing the coastline. He divides his time between Los Angeles, CA, and Harpswell, ME.
 
Published June 6, 2011 by Countryman Press. 256 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Travel. Non-fiction

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In this meditative, unconventional memoir, Chaucer professor and Maine native Dane chronicles a lifetime of sailing his home coast.

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Star Tribune

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Dane's ruminative memoir is a meditation on love and death and memory, cast as a sailing story, culminating in a "just about perfect" afternoon tacking in the sheltered bay of Roque Island, Down East, Maine.

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Los Angeles Times

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In this well-written memoir, the author writes about his younger days in Maine and his lost love.

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Dogfish Memory is the story of the search for an authentic Maine, a Maine of the past, whether historical or simply imagined, and a Maine of the present, one experienced by both permanent residents and seasonal ones—summerfolk.

Jun 21 2011 | Read Full Review of Dogfish Memory: Sailing in Se...

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