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Stern Men

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Stern Men

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Elizabeth Gilbert
publisher:
Houghton Mifflin
genre:
Fiction, Romance

We gave it a B+

A spirited young woman trying to end a generations-old lobster war between two rivalrous Maine islands is the quirky subject of Elizabeth Gilbert’s wry, ambling first novel Stern Men. It’s 1976, and Ruth Thomas, a bright, brash 18-year-old from isolated Fort Niles Island, decides to pass on college — as her mother’s clan wants — to follow in the muck-covered footsteps of her lobsterman father. But then she embarks on an affair with a hunky sailor from the other island. While the salty, eccentric characters sometimes border on caricature, this humorous yarn about destiny, love, and lobsters proves fairy-tale charming. B+