WHO: Amity Gaige
WHAT: SEA WIFE, a novel
WHEN: Published by Knopf April 28, 2020
WHERE: The author lives in West Hartford CT.
WHY: “Dazzling, heartbreaking…a splendid, wrenching novel.
“Michael Partlow, an unfulfilled businessman lured by visions of heroic self-sufficiency and idealized memories of his late father, proposes that he and his wife, Juliet — a stalled-out poetry PhD candidate and stay-at home mother — buy a boat, leave Connecticut, and spend a year sailing with their two young children.
“Despite Juliet’s misgivings and worries, she agrees and the family enters a new wandering lifestyle with moments of joy amid frightening storms, privations, and mounting financial costs. Eventually, the cramped life onboard drives Juliet and Michael into arguments fueled by Juliet’s depression and Michael’s support of President Trump…Five months after the end of the voyage, Juliet is mired in a deep depression and gains insight into her marriage by reading Michael’s journal, and the story takes a frantic turn when police arrive with questions about a missing person Michael owed money to.
“Gaige balances the piecemeal explanations of Michael’s involvement with a profound depiction of the weight of depression and the pains of a complicated relationship. Every element of this impressive novel clicks into a dazzling, heartbreaking whole.”
—PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, a starred review
“A family sailing excursion goes badly awry in a perfect storm of weather, naiveté, and marital tension.” —KIRKUS REVIEWS
“This surprising novel is stunning and deep.” —Bridget Thoreson, BOOKLIST
288 pages. $26.95 ISBN 978-0-525-65649-4
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