The Story of Land and Sea: A Novel (P.S. (Paperback))

The Story of Land and Sea: A Novel (P.S. (Paperback))

Katy Simpson Smith


Set in a small coastal city in North Carolina through the waning years of the yankee Revolution, this incandescent debut novel follows 3 generations of family—fathers and daughters, mom and son, grasp and slave, characters who yearn for redemption amidst a heady brew of struggle, kidnapping, slavery, and love.

Drawn to the sea, ten-year-old Tabitha wanders the marshes of her small coastal village and listens to her father’s tales approximately his pirate voyages and the mummy she by no means knew. because the lack of his spouse Helen, John has remained land-bound for his or her daughter, but if Tab contracts yellow fever, he turns to the ocean once again. wanting to keep his daughter, he's taking her aboard a sloop certain for Bermuda, hoping the salt air will heal her.

Years ahead of, Helen herself used to be raised by way of a widowed father. Asa, the religious proprietor of a small plantation, provides his daughter a tender slave named Moll for her 10th birthday. Left principally on their lonesome, Helen and Moll increase an in depth yet uneasy companionship. Helen progressively takes over the operating of the plantation because the ladies develop up, but if she meets John, the pirate grew to become Continental soldier, she flouts conference and her father’s needs through falling in love. Moll, in the meantime, is compelled into marriage with a stranger. Her simply solace is her son, Davy, whom she is going to shield with a keenness that defies the boundaries of slavery.

In this dependent, evocative, and haunting debut, Katy Simpson Smith captures the singular love among guardian and baby, the devastation of affection misplaced, and the lonely paths we trip within the identify of renewal.

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