Alaska Waters

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The Hudson Press, Nov 29, 2010 - Fiction
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Alaska Waters follows Will's search for his place in the world when he realizes he cannot be the son his father had always hoped for. The Koch family has been commercial salmon fishermen in Alaska for three generations, but Will cannot feel his father's empathy for the sea. Will struggles to find himself in this last frontier among people he often feels alienated from, regardless of how much he loves them. His father has remarried, and Will sharply contrasts with his father's stepson. At the same time Will is exploring his own sexuality and the values he wants to shape his own life.Shortly after his arrival, a series of accidents threatens the survival of the entire fishing operation, and high seas, grueling work, and hostile competitors test everyone's endurance. In the end, Will learns when it is necessary to compromise and when he must take a stand.The challenge of the environment, raw yet often beautiful, underlines the themes of the novel: that growing up can be harsh yet illuminating, that a strong body has to be matched with a strong spirit, and that the worst conditions breed the greatest triumphs.Alaska Waters' story takes place against the backdrop of America's newest state, the harsh, unforgiving environment of its last frontier, and its unusual people and their frontier culture.

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Chapter One
Chapter Two
Chapter Three
Chapter Four
Chapter Five
Chapter Six
Chapter Seven
Chapter Twentythree
Chapter Twentyfour
Chapter Twentyfive
Chapter Twentysix
Chapter Twentyseven
Chapter Twentyeight
Chapter Twentynine
Chapter Thirty

Chapter Eight
Chapter Nine
Chapter Ten
Chapter Eleven
Chapter Twelve
Chapter Thirteen
Chapter Fourteen
Chapter Fifteen
Chapter Sixteen
Chapter Seventeen
Chapter Eighteen
Chapter Nineteen
Chapter Twenty
Chapter Twentyone
Chapter Twentytwo
Chapter Thirtyone
Chapter Thirtytwo
Chapter Thirtythree
Chapter Thirtyfour
Chapter Thirtyfive
Chapter Thirtysix
Chapter Thirtyseven
Chapter Thirtyeight
Chapter Thirtynine
Chapter Forty
Chapter Fortyone
Walter Lape
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About the author (2010)

Walter Lape worked several summers on the crew of a commercial fishing operation in Alaska and learned first hand the dangers of the sea. He was one of the founding editors of The Glens Falls Review, which published several distinguished writers including Jean Rikhoff, William Kennedy, and William Bronk, published a chapbook of poetry, Three Adirondack Poets, and was a sculptor with highly successful gallery showings in Manhattan. Lape moved from Albany to the Adirondacks to finish college , taught English on the secondary and college level and won the Outstanding Educator Award the year it was initiated by his school for excellence in the teaching of English language and literature. Alaska Waters was his first book of fiction. He died in April 2010.

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