Gravesend Light Author:David Payne In Gravesend Light, award-winning author David Payne masterfully combines moving drama, a high-seas adventure, and a deeply affecting love story. It is the story of Joe Madden, an anthropologist who has returned to his family's summer home on North Carolina's Outer Banks. Little Roanoke, with its traditions dating back to the time of Sir ... more »Walter Raleigh, is an isolated enclave threatened by the ncroachment of modern civilization-and the subject of Joe's study. Here, he meets two people who will alter the course of his future: Ray Barstow, a fisherman and ex-con who, aboard the Father's Price, teaches him more than just the ropes of one of the world's most dangerous professions; and Day Shaughnessey, a Yale-educated Ob-Gyn and ardent feminist whose views on reproductive rights come into conflict with the deeply religious people of Little Roanoke. The events of the story culminate in a savage storm at sea that the crew of the Father's Price-including Joe Madden-may not survive.
Gravesend Light assures David Payne's place as one of the most important chroniclers of the contemporary Southern experience.« less