The Lobster Kings: A Novel

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W. W. Norton & Company, May 27, 2014 - Fiction - 352 pages
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"Confirms what Touch already prophesied: Alexi Zentner is one of the greatest literary architects and mythmakers working today."—Téa Obreht, author of The Tiger's Wife

From the internationally acclaimed author of Touch, praised as "breathtaking" (People) and "lovely…at once dreamy and riveting" (Washington Post), comes a powerful family saga steeped in the legends of the sea. Set in a lobster fishing village, The Lobster Kings introduces a fiery and unforgettable heroine, Cordelia Kings.

The Kings family has lived on Loosewood Island for three hundred years, blessed with the bounty of the sea. But for the Kings, this blessing comes with a curse: the loss of every firstborn son. Now, Woody Kings, the leader of the island’s lobster fishing community and the family patriarch, teeters on the throne, and Cordelia, the oldest of Woody’s three daughters, stands to inherit the crown. To do so, however, she must defend her island from meth dealers from the mainland while navigating sibling rivalry and the vulnerable nature of her own heart when she falls in love with her sternman.

Inspired by King Lear, The Lobster Kings is the story of Cordelia’s struggle to maintain her island’s way of life in the face of danger from offshore and the rich, looming, mythical legacy of her family’s namesake.

 

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User Review  - charlie68 - LibraryThing

A book that promises much and fails to deliver. The depiction of the lobster fishing I enjoyed, discovering a world far from where I live, the prairies. The romance was tepid to hackneyed, and the references to King Lear while interesting, inevitably, this novel pales by comparison. Read full review

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User Review  - Iudita - LibraryThing

I thought this was quite excellent. It had subtle elements of action, adventure, family relationship issues and just a touch of folklore. It's likely to be one of my favourites of the year. Read full review

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ALEXI ZENTNER's fiction has appeared in the "Atlantic Monthly," "Narrative Magazine," "Tin House," "Glimmer Train," "The Southern Review, Orion Magazine" and other publications. His short story "Touch" was featured in "The O. Henry Prize Stories 2008" where it was chosen by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie as a jury favourite. His short story "Trapline" was awarded the 2008 Narrative Prize and named to the "Best American Short Stories 2009" list of "100 Other Distinguished Stories of 2008." His short stories "Touch" and "The Adjuster" were also selected for "special mention" in the 2008 Pushcart Prize anthology. "Touch "was published in spring 2011 in the USA by W.W. Norton, and in the UK by Chatto & Windus." Touch "will also be published in Italy, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Israel, Korea, Brazil, Denmark and Poland. Alexi Zentner was born in Kitchener, Ontario, and currently lives in Ithaca, New York, with his wife and 2 daughters.

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