The story of land and sea: a novel
Set in a small coastal town in North Carolina during the waning years of the American Revolution, this incandescent debut novel follows three generations of family--fathers and daughters, mother and son, master and slave, characters who yearn for redemption amidst a heady brew of war, kidnapping, slavery, and love.
Drawn to the ocean, ten-year-old Tabitha wanders the marshes of her small coastal village and listens to her father's stories about his pirate voyages and the mother she never knew. Since the loss of his wife Helen, John has remained land-bound for their daughter, but when Tab contracts yellow fever, he turns to the sea once more. Desperate to save his daughter, he takes her aboard a sloop bound for Bermuda, hoping the salt air will heal her.
Years before, Helen herself was raised by a widowed father. Asa, the devout owner of a small plantation, gives his daughter a young slave named Moll for her tenth birthday. Left largely on their own, Helen and Moll develop a close but uneasy companionship. Helen gradually takes over the running of the plantation as the girls grow up, but when she meets John, the pirate turned Continental soldier, she flouts convention and her father's wishes by falling in love. Moll, meanwhile, is forced into marriage with a stranger. Her only solace is her son, Davy, whom she will protect with a passion that defies the bounds of slavery.
In this elegant, evocative, and haunting debut, Katy Simpson Smith captures the singular love between parent and child, the devastation of love lost, and the lonely paths we travel in the name of renewal.
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|Grouping Title||story of land and sea|
|Grouping Author||smith katy simpson|
|Last Grouping Update||2018-07-05 22:53:35PM|
|Last Indexed||2018-07-15 23:48:24PM|
|author||Smith, Katy Simpson, 1985-|
|author_display||Smith, Katy Simpson|
|available_at_catalog||Donelson, Edmondson Pike, Edmondson Pike Kids, Main Kids, Main Library|
|collection_catalog||Fiction, Large Print|
|detailed_location_catalog||Donelson - Adult Fiction, Edmondson Pike - Adult Large Print, Main Library - Adult Fiction|
|display_description||Set in a small coastal town in North Carolina during the waning years of the American Revolution, this debut novel follows three generations of family--fathers and daughters, mother and son, master and slave, characters who yearn for redemption amidst a heady brew of war, kidnapping, slavery, and love.|
|format_catalog||Book, Large Print|
|isbn||006234417, 9780062335944, 9780062344175|
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|itype_catalog||Book, Large Print Book|
|local_callnumber_catalog||Fiction Smith, Fiction Smith Large Type|
|owning_library_catalog||Nashville Public Library|
|owning_location_catalog||Donelson, Edmondson Pike, Edmondson Pike Kids, Main Kids, Main Library|
|record_details||ils:CARL0000440515|Book|Books|First edition.|English|HarperCollins Publishers,||243 pages ; 24 cm., ils:CARL0000442920|Large Print|Books|First HarperLuxe edition.|English|HarperLuxe,||312 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.|
|subject_facet||Civilians in war -- North Carolina -- History -- Fiction, Historical fiction, American, Large type books, North Carolina -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Fiction, Political fiction, American, United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Fiction, War stories, American|
|title_display||The story of land and sea : a novel|
|title_full||The story of land and sea : a novel / Katy Simpson Smith, The story of land and sea [text (large print)] : a novel / Katy Simpson Smith|
|title_short||The story of land and sea :|
|topic_facet||Civilians in war, Historical fiction, American, History, Large type books, Political fiction, American, War stories, American|