Sea Room by Norman G. Gautreau
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As French Canadians living on a saltwater farm overlooking the rugged Maine coast, the Dupuy men are hardworking fishermen and the women are strong and resourceful wives and mothers.
Jordi Dupuy is set to become a lobsterman like his father and grandfather when World War II erupts and his father heads to the battlefields. In the wake of the war, Jordi leads three generations of men in building a sailboat worthy of all they have lost and all they have left to live for.
Jordi grows up with the code of honor passed down to him, choosing to live a life of integrity—even when it means facing a charge of murder.

“In Sea Room, Norman Gautreau transports the reader back in time when integrity and a higher purpose in life was not merely an aspiration but an honorable resolve. Thumbing through these exquisitely written pages, I found myself experiencing the wake of distant ships and retracing the footsteps of those who manned the helms of times gone by.”
David Baldacci, New York Times-bestselling author of Last Man Standing and Absolute Power

“Sea Room is a strong first novel, as raw and clean as the sea.”
William Kelley, Oscar-winning author of Witness

“With deft use of detail, Gautreau pulls the reader into the lives, the homes, and the boats of three generations of Maine lobstermen. While most of the action takes place on the shore, woven throughout is the waiting ocean, omnipotent and ever present.”
Douglas Kelley, author of The Captain’s Wife

“An auspicious first novel about a coastal Maine family and their experiences during World War II.”
Boston Sunday Globe, New & Recommended

“Sea Room by Norman Gautreau is a very Maine story, well and truly told, vivid, engrossing and edgy as life can get…The reader cares about the people, about their place…a tale worth the telling, people worth the meeting, and I recommend it highly.”
The Courier-Gazette

“In less sure hands this story would have been a soggy tear-jerker, but Norman Gautreau has crafted it into an absorbing, moving and thoughtful novel, rich in the qualities of character and setting that allow the reader to enter into the lives and moral dilemmas he portrays.”
The Historical Novels Review

“A thoughtful generational family drama…Gautreau’s prose, accented with charmingly distinctive New England vernacular, demonstrates a strong eye for the detailed atmosphere…the characters are wonderfully rendered. This is a charming, heartfelt debut for Gautreau.”
Publishers Weekly
 

About Norman G. Gautreau

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Norm and his wife Susan were driving through the South of France, he at the wheel, Susan doing what she loves best when traveling: reading aloud the history contained in good travel guides. On that day they learned a lot about the troubadours and about the Cathars and the crusade to exterminate these peaceable people. Somewhere between Carcassonne and Toulouse they noticed a road sign, “Route Entre Deux Mers” – Road Between Two Seas – and a metaphor took shape in Norm’s mind about a land between the dark Atlantic and the bright Mediterranean where, through the ages, people expressed the darkest and the brightest recesses of the human soul. It is a place some still call Occitania. That night, he scribbled out an outline of a James Michener type epic stretching from the days of the prehistoric cave paintings all the way to the French Resistance in World War II. That brainstorm on the road has evolved in the past twenty years to 25 stories (digital or print and also collected together in 8 trilogies or quartets) called the Paratge Saga, the first published volume of which is Francesca Allegri. He began to explore other stories he wanted to write that were unrelated to the ongoing Paratge Saga project. In 2002, MacAdam/Cage, published his novel Sea Room. This book went on to win the prestigious Massachusetts Book Award. He followed it with Island of First Light, also published by MacAdam/Cage, a novel that has become a readers’ group favorite. These books have been followed by the recent releases of The Sea Around Them and Iniquity in addition to the previously mentioned Francesca Allegri: Years 1652-1655 in the Paratge Saga, all published by Trobador Publishing. Norm continues to work on the next volume in the saga: Sweet Johannes: Years 813-844 in the Paratge Saga, as well as several other projects all of which he hopes to publish in 2013.
 
Published February 14, 2012 by M P Publishing. 311 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, War, Crime. Fiction

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Through his letters, Gil, now a celebrated medic, demonstrates how the war changes him—that is, he can now find “sea room” or “enough room to make personal choices so that you aren’t stuck like a boat in a wind storm.” Indeed, Gautreau sets out a goodly number of honey jars as sentimental traps f...

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Pip and wealthy Uncle Chr tien are there to pick up the pieces when the war intensifies and claims Gil's life, leaving the women to mourn and the men to build Jordi's boat without Gil.

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Coming-of-age novels are often delightful to read.

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