The Voice of Melody
by Kaylene Powell
Pub Date 17 Apr 2018
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Faith and grace guided those left home during the whaling era, but their stories often go untold.
The account that inspired Melville's masterpiece and shook an island's reputation only told one side of Captain Chase's story. In this tale, his wife and daughter tell their side for the first time.
Nantucket whaleman Owen Chase is not at home for the birth of most of his children, including his firstborn, Phebe Ann. Owen's wife, Peggy, works to maintain a sense of security while hoping and praying that Owen is safe. But as Peggy is quietly marveling at Phebe's development, Owen's ship, half a world away, is rammed and sunk by an angry whale.
Against all odds—and contrary to preliminary reports—Owen returns home, seemingly well, to his stunned relatives and neighbors. But will life ever be the same for him and anyone who knows and loves him?