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Before the Wind: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries)

Before the Wind: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries)

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Author: Lynch, Jim

Brand: Vintage

Color: White

Edition: Reprint



Number Of Pages: 304

Release Date: 21-02-2017

Details: Product Description The Johannssens are a sailing family: adventurous, fanatical, and, for now, a complete and total mess. Ruby, a prodigiously talented skipper, has taken off for Africa. Bernard is god-knows-where at sea. And at thirty-one years old, Josh Johannssen, the middle child, is fixing up an old family boat and trying to figure out where it all went wrong. When Josh’s father coaxes his children home for one last yacht race, the Johannssens find themselves reunited under thrilling circumstances that will change the course of their lives. Before the Wind is a funny, tender, and big-hearted novel about a gifted, volatile family whose love for the sea rivals their love for each other.” Review “Lovably obsessive . . . an incredibly robust evocation of the sailing world of Puget Sound [with] profound familiarity. . . . Writers have long found poetry in sailing. Lynch’s skill is to find it in the mundane tasks and motley milieu that underpin glory on the water.” —Caitlin Macy, The New York Times Book Review “Breathtaking, emotionally satisfying and genuinely surprising . . . a magical, heartbreaking book.” —Robert Wierseman, The Toronto Star “An affectionate and very funny tribute to the gentle madness of sailing diehards [that] will amuse even readers who can’t tell a jib from a spinnaker. . . . Lynch’s writing is propelled by his appreciation of the obsessives and eccentrics who populate the country’s marinas, convinced that ‘boats embody dreams like nothing else.’” —Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal“A brilliantly crafted family story that moves with the speed and elegance of one of the racing boats it so lovingly describes. . . . Indeed, the two aspects of this novel—the sailing yarn and the family history—are seamless. . . . It’s an exhilarating read.” —Claire Hopley, The Washington Times“Lynch writes about the science of sailing and the grandeur of Puget Sound with a Melville-like attention to detail, but in the very concreteness of those details a kind of poetry emerges that speaks of the transience of life in all its terrible beauty and exhilarating terror.” —Booklist“Before the Wind, a cautionary tale of obsession and its price, is one of those impossible-to-put-down books that make ideal summer reading.” —Practical Sailor“In Before the Wind, author Jim Lynch tells the engaging tale of the Johannssens, a sailing family that's like a distillation of all the eccentric, funny and cranky sailors you've ever met. All too many writers have failed to convey both the technicalities and the spiritual joys of sailing in a manner that will engage the uninitiated without alienating the experienced, but lifelong sailor Lynch carries it off with this enjoyable read.” —Peter Nielsen, Sail Magazine“A cautionary tale of obsession and what it can cost tells of three generations whose devotion to sailing holds them together until it sunders them…. Lynch dissects an uncommon family with, after all, more than one thing in common in a highly readable tale.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred) “Lynch writes both humorously and movingly about one family’s lifelong love of sailing. For those who love a good sea story, this novel will be as bracing as salt spray during an autumn sail.” —Publishers Weekly “Lynch has won some nice honors, plus appreciative reviews, but now it’s breakout time.” —Library Journal  “To the outsider, the land-bound, sailing has always seemed to be the perfect marriage of science and poetry. This makes Jim Lynch the perfect writer for this story—the story of a family with an outlaw brother, a magical sister, and a legacy of wind, water, and sail. Lynch brings his usual gifts—a wide-ranging mind, an ear for precise but musical language, empathy, intelligence, and imagination—to what may be his best yet. I so loved this book!” —Karen Joy Fowler“Not since the fly-fishing Maclean clan of A River Runs Through It have I encountered such a compellingly human fictional family as the sailing Johannssens in Jim Lynch’s magnifice

EAN: 9780307949356

Languages: English

Binding: Paperback

Item Condition: UsedLikeNew