Spartina

by John Casey

Spartina

Paperback, 375 pages, Random House Inc, List Price: $15 | purchase

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A commercial fisherman, husband, father, and lover, Dick Pierce upsets the placidity of his family when he finds himself in love with two people at the same time. Reprint. Winner of the National Book Award.

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Hardly Heroic: 3 Flagrantly Flawed Main Characters

Unlike Moby Dick's Captain Ahab, Rhode Island fisherman Dick Pierce knows full well he's being a jerk. But still he stops at nothing in his quest to finish building Spartina, the 50-foot fishing boat that his wife calls "a black hole." Spartina has already cost Dick a second mortgage, but in the course of his obsession he gets sucked into clam poaching, drug running and a disorienting affair with the college-educated girl next door. For Dick, Spartina is

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