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Calm at Sunset, Calm at Dawn: A Novel (1989)

by Paul Watkins

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Gritty and sometimes meandering but powerful by the end. James Pfieffer holds various jobs around the docks and eventually goes to sea on a scallop trawler. His father is a fisherman who wants something better for his sons. It sounds like the typical overly dramatic tale of father and son, learning life's lessons, but there is a tautness that keeps it moving forward and not drowning in sentiment. It is very grim at times, I had to skip over a few passages, but very well written and the final few pages really grabbed me. Another great book by one of my favorite authors.
  amyem58 | Jul 3, 2014 |
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Calm at Sunset, Calm at Dawn is a coming-of-age novel of ample beauty, insight, and intensity. Defying the wishes of his family, James Pfeiffer--twenty years old and newly expelled from college--heeds the call of the open waters off the Rhode Island coast. Joining the crew of a broken-down scallop trawler, James seeks to learn the ways of fishermen like his father. Through endless days of exhausting labor in the company of dangerous men, James learns shockingly brutal and unexpectedly sobering lessons. But as James discovers the secrets of his motley crewmembers, he realizes that every fisherman has his own reasons to love the sea, in all its promise and treachery.

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