The Sea Captain's Wife

Beth Powning, Penguin, $15 trade paper (384p) ISBN 978-0-452-29695-4
Powning's 19th-century tale of a young woman desperate to live at sea with her captain husband is a grim rather than swooning romance. When Azuba married Nathaniel, she thought that as husband and wife they would exploring the world together on his boat, Traveller. But when Carrie is born, Nathaniel insists Azuba stay safely ashore at home in Whelan's Cove, New Brunswick, Canada, to raise their daughter. During Nathaniel's long absences, Azuba befriends Rev. Simon Walton, and their companionship sparks rumors of an affair that even reach Nathaniel, who returns to Whelan's Cove in a jealous rage. But Azuba persuades him to finally bring her and Carrie aboard ship, turning a long-held dream into bittersweet reality. Powning deftly details life at sea, but the incidents she unfolds are unerringly bleak, making the reader feel adrift in the doldrums with no way out, and not until the end does happiness swell in Azuba's direction. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 10/18/2010
Release date: 02/01/2011
Genre: Fiction
Paperback - 372 pages - 978-0-307-39711-9
Hardcover - 372 pages - 978-0-307-39710-2
Ebook - 978-0-307-37407-3
Open Ebook - 384 pages - 978-1-101-51329-3
Paperback - 384 pages - 978-0-307-40256-1
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