Stern Men by Elizabeth Gilbert

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The "wonderful first novel about life, love, and lobster fishing" (USA Today) from the #1 bestselling writer

In 2000, Elizabeth Gilbert's Stern Men debuted to phenomenal critical attention. Now, Penguin is publishing a new edition of Gilbert's wise and charming novel for the millions of readers who devoured Eat, Pray, Love and remain hungry for more. Off the coast of Maine, Ruth Thomas is born into a feud fought for generations by two groups of local lobstermen over fishing rights for the waters that lie between their respective islands. At eighteen, she has returned from boarding school-smart as a whip, feisty, and irredeemably unromantic-determined to throw over her education and join the "stern men"working the lobster boats. Gilbert utterly captures the American spirit through an unforgettable heroine who is destined for greatness-and love-despite herself.


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Elizabeth Gilbert is an award-winning writer of both fiction and nonfiction. Her short story collection, Pilgrims, was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award, and her novel, Stern Men, was a New York Times Notable Book. Her 2002 book, The Last American Man, was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is best known for her 2006 memoir, Eat, Pray, Love, which has been published in more than thirty languages; a film based on the memoir, starring Julia Roberts, opened in August 2010. Her most recent book, the memoir Committed: A Love Story, appeared in 2010. In 2008, Time magazine named Gilbert one of the most influential people in the world. Her Web site is
Published January 17, 2009 by Riverhead. 316 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Travel. Fiction

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Part offbeat social history of lobstermen and their environment and part—yes—love story, Gilbert's debut (after a particularly arresting set of stories called Pilgrims, 1997) is a surprisingly satisfying combination of ideas: that a young woman can be tough and still be a girl, that even in a mas...

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Entertainment Weekly

A spirited young woman trying to end a generations-old lobster war between two rivalrous Maine islands is the quirky subject of Elizabeth Gilbert's wry, ambling first novel Stern Men.

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The Bookbag

Judging by the copious quotes in her praise, Elizabeth Gilbert is a respected journalist, talented short story writer and author of a best-selling travel memoir, Eat, Pray, Love, not to mention being voted one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by Time Magazine.

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