Thursday, April 7, 2011

The Silver Boat

THE SILVER BOAT by Luanne Rice (Pamela Dorman Books / Viking) a heart-wrenching portrait of three far-flung sisters who come home to Martha’s Vineyard to the family beach house one last time. Memories emerge of their mother and Irish father, who sailed away to Ireland when the girls were young, never to return—and when a cache of old letters is discovered, the sisters journey back to their ancestral homeland seeking answers. The three sisters here are loveable, relatable, yet damaged and vulnerable. Rice is masterful at creating very real, very human women and their unfolding complex family dynamics.

THE SILVER BOAT is a season on Martha’s Vineyard; a mission to Ireland; a cast of friends including one wildly off-the-grid Zen genius; passionate love in the surf; heart-achingly beautiful island scenery; and three extraordinary sisters trying to live ordinary lives filled with beauty, sorrow, and deep love they’d never been quite sure they could trust.

Luanne Rice is the author of twenty-six novels, 22 of which have been consecutive New York Times bestsellers
Popular Rice, in her mellifluous style, captures the essence of family and sisterhood as each character deals with love and loss.” — Booklist

Rice enriches familiar themes of family, failure, redemption, and romance with a watercolor-lovely portrait of Martha's Vineyard and sketches of the tug-of-war between sea and sand, rich and poor, development and preservation characteristic of the island.” — Publishers Weekly

This novel is a satisfying and worthwhile ride.” — Library Journal

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