The New York Times named this book a Notable Book of the Year.
“Brilliantly brings not only the dangers of living at sea to life, but also the hidden dangers of domesticity, parenthood, and marriage. What a brilliant, fast-paced, and exciting novel.” —Lauren Groff, author of Florida
When Juliet's husband, Michael, tells her that he wants to quit his job and buy a sailboat, she finds herself unable to balance motherhood and her stalled dissertation on confessional poetry. Juliet and Michael left with their two children, Sybil, seven, and George, two, for Panama, where their forty-four foot sailboat awaited them.
The initial effect is transformative: the marriage gains vigor, Juliet recovers from her depression, and the kids quickly embrace the pleasures of being at sea. Juliet and Michael find respite in the vast horizons and isolated islands – until they are put to the test by the unexpected.
Sea Wife is an unforgettable novel about marriage, family, and love in a time of unprecedented turmoil. It is astonishingly perceptive in its depiction of optimism, disillusionment, and survival.... Read More