The Story of Land and Sea

 
9780007563982: The Story of Land and Sea

The Story of Land and Sea is a spellbinding, searing story of love, loss, and the bonds that make and break us. Katy Simpson Smith has already been acclaimed as an ‘heir apparent to to Michael Ondaatje and Marilynne Robinson’

August, 1793. On the hot, humid coast of North Carolina nine-year-old Tabitha fills her pockets with fish bones and shells, to bring the ocean back to her room. The act, perhaps, of a child conceived at sea.

At night young Tab sits with her father by the shore to hear stories of her mother Helen, the pull of the ocean born into them both. John longs to sail the sea as he did before the war, but knows he must stay on steady land for his daughter. But when Tab catches yellow fever John turns to what he knows, and steals her onto a boat bound for Bermuda in the hope the sea air will cure, as Tab’s precious life hangs in the balance.

The same coast twenty years earlier, and Helen is given a slave girl for her tenth birthday. Moll’s arrival is intended to teach Helen discipline but soon the girls are confidantes, an unlikely alliance. It’s an enduring friendship until the arrival of John, a pirate turned soldier. And as the town is threatened in the dying embers of the Revolution, Helen must decide between a life of security on the family plantation and a sea adventure with the man she loves.

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A lyrical and spellbinding story of love, loss, and war from a standout new voice in fiction. Katy Simpson Smith has already been acclaimed as an ‘heir apparent to to Michael Ondaatje and Marilynne Robinson’

August, 1793. On the hot, humid coast of North Carolina nine-year-old Tabitha fills her pockets with fish bones and shells, to bring the ocean back to her room. The act, perhaps, of a child conceived at sea.

At night young Tab sits with her father by the shore to hear stories of her mother Helen, the pull of the ocean born into them both. John longs to sail the sea as he did before the war, but knows he must stay on steady land for his daughter. But when Tab catches yellow fever John turns to what he knows, and steals her onto a boat bound for Bermuda in the hope the sea air will cure, as Tab’s precious life hangs in the balance.

The same coast twenty years earlier, and Helen is given a slave girl for her tenth birthday. Moll’s arrival is intended to teach Helen discipline but soon the girls are confidantes, an unlikely alliance. It’s an enduring friendship until the arrival of John, a pirate turned soldier. And as the town is threatened in the dying embers of the Revolution, Helen must decide between a life of security on the family plantation and a sea adventure with the man she loves.

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A heartrending debut of love and loss, set in 18th Century North Carolina, Katy Simpson Smith has already been acclaimed as an ‘heir apparent to to Michael Ondaatje and Marilynne Robinson’

On the coast of North Carolina in 1793, ten-year-old Tabitha contracts yellow fever. To save her life, her father, John, stows her away on a three-mast sloop bound for Bermuda. It’s an act of desperation, and of instinct, too – this is not the first time he’s taken to open water to guard a fragile love.

Decades earlier, Tab’s mother Helen receives Moll, a slave child, for her tenth birthday as a gift from her father, Asa. Both opinionated and stubborn, the girls grow up together forming an unlikely friendship between the tall pines of Asa’s plantation. But when Helen meets and falls in love with John, their paths diverge, as the town is dramatically captured in the last days of the revolution.

Set against the waning years of the Revolutionary War, THE STORY OF LAND AND SEA captures the singular love that binds parent to child, and the devastation of love lost.

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