Join us on Wednesday, April 29 at 7:00pm for a virtual book talk and author signing with Amity Gaige, author of Sea Wife, the Odyssey's First Editions Club May Selection. Amity will be in conversation with Geoffrey Sanborn, author and the Henry S. Poler ‘59 Presidential Teaching Professor of English at Amherst College.
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About the Book
For readers of Meg Wolitzer, Lionel Shriver, Kate Atkinson, and Jennifer Egan
From the highly acclaimed author of Schroder, a smart, sophisticated literary page turner about a young family who escape suburbia for a year-long sailing trip that upends all of their lives
Juliet is failing to juggle motherhood and her anemic dissertation when her husband, Michael, informs her that he wants to leave his job and buy a sailboat. The couple are novice sailors, but Michael persuades Juliet to say yes. With their two kids--Sybil, age seven, and George, age two, Juliet and Michael set off for Panama, where their forty-four-foot sailboat awaits them--a boat that Michael has christened the Juliet.
The initial result is transformative: their marriage is given a gust of energy, and even the children are affected by the beauty and wonderful vertigo of travel. The sea challenges them all--and most of all, Juliet, who suffers from postpartum depression.
Sea Wife is told in gripping dual perspectives: Juliet's first-person narration, after the journey, as she struggles to come to terms with the dire, life-changing events that unfolded at sea; and Michael's captain's log--that provides a riveting, slow-motion account of those same inexorable events.
Exuberant, harrowing, witty, and exquisitely written, Sea Wife is impossible to put down. A wholly original take on one of our oldest stories--survival at sea--it also asks a pertinent question for our polarized political moment: How does a crew with deep philosophical differences and outmoded gender roles bring a ship safely to shore?
About the Panelists
Amity Gaige is the author of three novels, O My Darling, The Folded World, and Schroder, which was short-listed for the Folio Prize in 2014. Published in eighteen countries, Schroder was named one of best books of 2013 by The New York Times Book Review,The Huffington Post, Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Kirkus Reviews, The Women's National Book Association, Cosmopolitan, Denver Post, The Buffalo News, The Millions, Amazon, Bookmarks, and Publisher's Weekly, among others. Gaige is the recipient of many awards for her previous novels, including Foreword Book of the Year Award for 2007; and in 2006, she was named one of the "5 Under 35" outstanding emerging writers by the National Book Foundation. She has a Fulbright and a Guggenheim Fellowship, and residencies at MacDowell and Yaddo. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, The New York Times, the Literary Review, The Yale Review, and One Story. She lives in Connecticut with her family.
Geoffrey Sanborn is the Henry S. Poler ‘59 Presidential Teaching Professor of English at Amherst College. He is the author of The Value of Herman Melville (Cambridge UP, 2018), Plagiarama! William Wells Brown and the Aesthetic of Attractions (Columbia UP, 2016), Whipscars and Tattoos: The Last of the Mohicans, Moby-Dick, and the Maori (Oxford UP, 2011), and The Sign of the Cannibal: Melville and the Making of a Postcolonial Reader (Duke UP, 1998).
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