Wild and Distant Seas

A Novel

Narrated by Natasha Soudek
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Pub Date Feb 13 2024 | Archive Date Feb 13 2024

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Description

Evangeline Hussey has made a home for herself on Nantucket, though she knows she is still an outsider to the island's small, close-knit community, one that by 1849 has started to feel the decline of a once-thriving whaling industry. Her husband, Hosea, and the life they built together, was once all she needed-but now Hosea is gone, lost at sea. Evangeline is only able to hold on to his inn, and her place on the island, by employing a curious gift to glimpse and re-form the recent memories of those who would cast her out. One night, an idealistic sailor appears on her doorstep asking her to call him Ishmael. He seeks only a warm bed and a bowl of chowder, and yet suddenly, unsettlingly, her careful illusion begins to fracture. He soon sails away with Ahab to hunt an infamous white whale, and Evangeline is left to forge a new life from the pieces that remain. Her choices ripple through generations, across continents, and into the depths of the sea, in a narrative that follows Evangeline and her descendants from mid-nineteenth century Nantucket to Boston, Brazil, Florence, and Idaho. Moving, beautifully written, and elegantly conceived, Wild and Distant Seas takes Moby-Dick as its starting point, but Tara Karr Roberts brings four remarkable women to life in a spellbinding epic all her own.

Evangeline Hussey has made a home for herself on Nantucket, though she knows she is still an outsider to the island's small, close-knit community, one that by 1849 has started to feel the decline of...


A Note From the Publisher

Publishers Weekly & Booklist starred reviews

Publishers Weekly & Booklist starred reviews


Advance Praise

"Beautifully conceived.... An inventive, atmospheric, female-centric story.... Ingeniously constructed.... Like whales, Roberts’ novel traverses great distances, following its four generations of resolute women as they strive to take the helm of their lives.... [A] stirring epic." ―Heller McAlpin, Christian Science Monitor

"In her inventive debut, Roberts gives voice (and a little bit of magic) to those who are left behind: the women caught in the riptide of male ambition.... With language richer than the matriarch’s famed chowder and nautical descriptions so vivid you can taste the salt spray, Roberts offers a new and refreshingly feminine perspective on one of American literature’s most masculine classics." ―Charley Burlock, Oprah Daily

"Beautifully conceived.... An inventive, atmospheric, female-centric story.... Ingeniously constructed.... Like whales, Roberts’ novel traverses great distances, following its four generations of...


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EDITION Audiobook, Unabridged
ISBN 9781696614191
PRICE $19.99 (USD)
DURATION 10 Hours, 32 Minutes

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