Spartina Author:John Casey Winner of the 1989 National Book Award — A classic tale of a man, a boat, and a storm, Spartina is the lyrical and compassionate — story of Dick Pierce, a commercial fisherman along the shores of Rhode Island's — Narragansett Bay. A kind, sensitive, family man, he is also prone to irascible outbursts — against the people he must work f... more »or, now that he can no longer make his living from the
Pierce's one great passion, a fifty-foot fishing boat called Spartina, lies unfinished in
his back yard. Determined to get the funds he needs to buy her engine, he finds himself
taking a foolish, dangerous risk. But his real test comes when he must weather a storm at
sea in order to keep his dream alive. Moving and poetic, Spartina is a masterly story of
one man's ongoing struggle to find his place in the world.« less
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Vivid, engrosssing. Here is old-fashioned, full-bodied fiction with a vengeance. They do not make novels like this very much any more; John Casey deserves gratitude for being stubborn and talented enough to do so and succeed. TIME
Dick Pierce, fisherman and boat-builder, lives on the Rhode Island shore in a backwater world of salt marshes, alcoholic fishermen, crab boats and old homesteads disappearing under new resorts for inland tourists. A stubborn man thoughtful enough to know that the world is becoming too small for men like himself, Pierce has a mortgage, a family, a "puny income from lobstering" and a dream: to finish the half-built boat in his backyard so he can fish for red crabs out in deep water, make some real money and raise himself and his family up. He is a classic American solitary hero, and Casey knows the sloughs of the Rhode Island shore as well as any fisherman.