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Publisher Description

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

“Brilliantly breathes life not only into the perils of living at sea, but also into the hidden dangers of domesticity, parenthood, and marriage. What a smart, swift, and thrilling novel.” —Lauren Groff, author of Florida

Juliet is failing to juggle motherhood and her stalled-out dissertation on confessional poetry when her husband, Michael, informs her that he wants to leave his job and buy a sailboat. With their two kids—Sybil, age seven, and George, age two—Juliet and Michael set off for Panama, where their forty-four foot sailboat awaits them.  

The initial result is transformative; the marriage is given a gust of energy, Juliet emerges from her depression, and the children quickly embrace the joys of being at sea. The vast horizons and isolated islands offer Juliet and Michael reprieve – until they are tested by the unforeseen.

A transporting novel about marriage, family and love in a time of unprecedented turmoil, Sea Wife is unforgettable in its power and astonishingly perceptive in its portrayal of optimism, disillusionment, and survival.

Fiction & Literature
April 28
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

mmclinn ,

Enjoy the whiplash

Enjoy getting whiplash between past & present husband/wife narrating the story in a blend. I had to write a review when I saw a random "w/in" as apart of the story. The author does a good job conveying the relationship, it feels alive/visceral. I cruised with my husband & thought this might be something to connect with but it's tough to get into the authentic environment. The author nails some of the feelings that go along with cruising but if you don't know much about it, a lot of the events she mentions may go unnoticed. I'd love to see greater detail about the feeling of having your anchor sink in snug to the sand & that first freeing jump into gin clear waters, how your first shark sighting sends chills up your spine. It's a little confusing how it's written.

DBbingo star ,

Sea Wife

I can’t even finish this book...and I paid for it. Sooooo boring...no character development and a story line that lulls you to sleep.

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