Woman at Sea

Woman at Sea

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 15/02/2018
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'A tale of travel and adventure, the story of a body utterly surrendered to pain and joy. It is mind-blowing, a delight.' Le Monde

Lili is a runaway. She’s left behind her native France to go in search of freedom, of adventure, of life. Her search takes her to Kodiak, Alaska, home to a ragtag community of fishermen, army vets and drifters who man the island’s fishing fleet. Despite her tiny frame, faltering English and lack of experience, Lili lands a job on board the Rebel, the only woman on the boat.

Out on the open sea, everything is heightened: colours are more vivid, sounds are louder and the work is harder than anything she's ever known. The terrifying intensity of the ocean is addictive to the point of danger. But Lili is not alone: in her fellow crewmembers she finds kindred spirits – men living on the edge, drawn to extremes.

Based on Catherine Poulain’s own experiences, and written in taut, muscular prose, Woman at Sea cuts through the noise of life and straight to the heart of our innermost longings.

  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781911214588
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Weight: 444g
  • Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 29 mm

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Woman at Sea
Novel set in the Northern Pacific - Alaska
Shortlisted for the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards 2019 (Fiction, with a sense of place) This is fiction that reads like a memoir. Lili has arrived... READ MORE
Woman at Sea
Kodiak Alaska - a woman's solo adventure
What I like about this novel is that the adventure starts from the off. Lili wants to go to the ends of the earth. So, she does. There’s a brief mention of... READ MORE