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The Lobster Chronicles: Life on a Very Small Island

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The Lobster Chronicles: Life on a Very Small Island

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Linda Greenlaw

We gave it a B-

The jacket copy of ”The Lobster Chronicles: Life on a Very Small Island,” is a bit of a tease, boasting of Linda Greenlaw’s ”eye for the dramas of small-town life.” Unfortunately, the author a former swordfishing captain who wrote the best-seller ”The Hungry Ocean,” isn’t much of a storyteller when she goes ashore. Her new book details her return to Isle au Haut, Maine, a lobstering community that’s home to fewer than 50 year-round residents. One learns plenty about the mechanics of a lobster haul, but little about the rhythms of her isolated world. Names are mentioned, anecdotes delivered, but the people themselves remain frustratingly remote. Still, Greenlaw is a likable narrator, even when she stumbles. She should head back to sea and come back with a yarn that was as fun as her first.