The Story of Land and Sea

by Katy Simpson Smith

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The Story of Land and Sea Synopsis

A lyrical and spellbinding story of love, loss, and war from a standout new voice in fiction. Katy Simpson Smith has already been acclaimed as an 'heir apparent to to Michael Ondaatje and Marilynne Robinson' August, 1793. On the hot, humid coast of North Carolina nine-year-old Tabitha fills her pockets with fish bones and shells, to bring the ocean back to her room. The act, perhaps, of a child conceived at sea. At night young Tab sits with her father by the shore to hear stories of her mother Helen, the pull of the ocean born into them both. John longs to sail the sea as he did before the war, but knows he must stay on steady land for his daughter. But when Tab catches yellow fever John turns to what he knows, and steals her onto a boat bound for Bermuda in the hope the sea air will cure, as Tab's precious life hangs in the balance. The same coast twenty years earlier, and Helen is given a slave girl for her tenth birthday. Moll's arrival is intended to teach Helen discipline but soon the girls are confidantes, an unlikely alliance. It's an enduring friendship until the arrival of John, a pirate turned soldier. And as the town is threatened in the dying embers of the Revolution, Helen must decide between a life of security on the family plantation and a sea adventure with the man she loves.

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The Story of Land and Sea Press Reviews

'Pure pleasure...the best novel I've read all year'
Anita Shreve

'A wonderful novel of heartbreaking grief but also of redemptive hope ... In high but warranted praise it very much evoked Marilynne Robinson's acclaimed GILEAD'
Chicago Tribune (Editor's Pick)

'Poignant and intensely lyrical'
NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

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ISBN: 9780007564002
Publication date: 30/07/2015
Publisher: The Borough Press an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780007563975
Publication date: 29/01/2015
Publisher: The Borough Press an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780007564002
Publication date: 30th July 2015
Author: Katy Simpson Smith
Publisher: The Borough Press an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 320 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Historical Fiction, Sagas and Romance,
Categories: Historical fiction,

About Katy Simpson Smith

Katy Simpson Smith was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. She attended Mount Holyoke College and received a PhD in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars. She has been working as an adjunct professor at Tulane University and has published a study of early American motherhood, We Have Raised All of You: Motherhood in the South, 1750-1835. She lives in New Orleans.

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