From the author of Vacationland comes an emotionally gripping novel about a woman who returns to her hometown in coastal Maine and finds herself pondering the age-old question of what could have been.
“Filled with humor, insight, summer cocktails, and gorgeous sunsets...An ideal summer read.” —Redbook
When Eliza Barnes was growing up in the lobstering village of Little Harbor, Maine, she could haul a trap and row a skiff with the best of them—but she’d always known she’d leave that life behind. Now she’s settled in the high-society circle of an affluent Massachusetts town with her husband and two daughters. But when her father—a widowed lobsterman—injures himself in a boating accident, Eliza returns to her hometown to come to his aid.
When she arrives in Maine, she discovers her father’s situation is more dire than he let on. Her homecoming is further complicated by the reemergence of her first love—and the repercussions of their shared secret. Then Eliza meets Mary Brown, a seventeen-year-old local who is at a crossroad of her own, and Eliza can’t help but wonder what her life would have been like if she'd stayed. By turns poignant, incisive, and laugh-out-loud funny, The Captain’s Daughter is an unforgettable novel about the choices we make and the consequences we face in their wake.
Moore (The Admissions) continues to show off her tight storytelling skills with her latest, a tale about Eliza Barnes, a working-class girl who married into money and finds herself back in her Maine hometown to care for her dying father, Charlie. Having lost Eliza's mother, Joanie, to cancer when Eliza was little, Charlie insists that he doesn't want to undergo debilitating treatment for a brain tumor that will return to kill him anyway. Eliza alternates extended stays in Little Harbor with quick visits back to Barton, Mass., where her architect husband, Rob, is struggling with a difficult first-time client and insecurities pertaining to his family's reliance on his mother's money. Eliza proves a loving influence on her own children as well as on 17-year-old Mary Brown, the pregnant daughter of an old classmate whose older boyfriend Josh seems like trouble. Both Eliza and Rob face romantic temptation during their time apart, which is the least interesting part of a story that otherwise deftly mines issues of loyalty, class, and what it means to be a parent. Many readers will appreciate Moore's moving novel, though parents might find it especially speaks to them.
The captains daughter
Loved this book, didn't want it to end. Fell in love with all of the characters. This novel made me laugh and cry.