Baker & Taylor
The Keating sisters, owners of a generations-old New England restaurant, are finding it hard to keep the family together, until Cass' husband is lost at sea and the family must weather the tragedy
Blackwell North Amer
"Some said Mount Hope was founded on love, and some said it was founded on war.... The Keatings said Mount Hope was founded on fish, plain and simple." So begins Luanne Rice's mesmerizing new novel, Blue Moon. For generations, the Keating family has trawled the waters and served the catch at Lobsterville, the most popular waterfront restaurant in town. But now the forces of nature, human and otherwise, threaten to disrupt the continuity of their lives - and the three Keating sisters are fighting to keep it together.
While Nora, the chain-smoking confined spinster, has fallen in love for the first time, and Bonnie, the comfortable mother of two adolescents, feels the urge to stretch her wings for a change, their sister Cass is finding life harder than ever. Strong and sexy, passionate about her whole family, Cass has always been the Keating spark plug. But though she and her husband, Billy, are just as much in love as ever, they are finding that dealing with Josie, their hearing-impaired daughter, has become an unending, unholy struggle - a tidal pull that threatens to drag them all under.
Then the unthinkable happens - the tragedy dreaded by every fisherman and fisherman's wife. And when it strikes, it threatens the entire Keating clan with a crisis that will demand they sink or swim together....
Blue Moon is about traditions as old as the sea, and it reaches its climax in one of the most exciting adventures in recent fiction. It's about how the love between husbands and wives changes - and yet can survive remarkable adversity. It's also about the finely wrought mesh that binds a large family - sisters, mothers and daughters, grandmothers and their grandchildren - unto itself. In it Luanne Rice's talent for portraying the life of an American family with affection and keen insight comes to full and astonishing flower.
The Keating sisters, owners of generations-old New England restaurant, are finding it hard to keep the family together, until Cass's husband is lost at sea and the family must weather the tragedy. 25,000 first printing. $25,000 ad/promo. Lit Guild.
New York : Viking, 1993
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