Calm at Sunset, Calm at Dawn: A Novel

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Macmillan, Oct 15, 1996 - Fiction - 288 pages
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Calm at Sunset, Calm at Dawn is a coming-of-age novel of ample beauty, insight, and intensity. Defying the wishes of his family, James Pfeiffer--twenty years old and newly expelled from college--heeds the call of the open waters off the Rhode Island coast. Joining the crew of a broken-down scallop trawler, James seeks to learn the ways of fishermen like his father. Through endless days of exhausting labor in the company of dangerous men, James learns shockingly brutal and unexpectedly sobering lessons. But as James discovers the secrets of his motley crewmembers, he realizes that every fisherman has his own reasons to love the sea, in all its promise and treachery.

 

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This novel of a young man's indoctrination into his fisherman father's way of life is engaging, believable, and unromantic. So genuine are the events and dialogue that the book's flaws--melodramatic ... Read full review

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About the author (1996)

Paul Watkins is the author of six books, including Night Over Day Over Night, which was published when he was twenty-three and was nominated for the prestigious Booker Prize. Calm at Sunset, Calm at Dawn was awarded Britain's Encore prize for best second novel. Archangel, his sixth book, is published by Picador. Watkins teaches and lives with his family in Princeton, New Jersey.

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