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.”
“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.”
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Published February 14, 2012
by M P Publishing.
History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, War, Crime.