A story inspired by the plot of "King Lear" relates the fortunes of a family who has reaped the sea's bounty on Loosewood Island for three hundred years, but pays for it with the loss of every firstborn son. - (Baker & Taylor)
Inspired by the plot of King Lear, describes the story of a family who has reaped the sea's bounty on Loosewood Island for 300 years, but pays for it with the loss of every firstborn son. 15,000 first printing. - (Baker & Taylor)
"Confirms what Touch already prophesied: Alexi Zentner is one of the greatest literary architects and mythmakers working today."—Téa Obreht, author of The Tiger's Wife - (WW Norton)
From the internationally acclaimed author of Touch, praised as "breathtaking" (People) and "lovely…at once dreamy and riveting" (Washington Post), comes a powerful family saga steeped in the legends of the sea. Set in a lobster fishing village, The Lobster Kings introduces a fiery and unforgettable heroine, Cordelia Kings.The Kings family has lived on Loosewood Island for three hundred years, blessed with the bounty of the sea. But for the Kings, this blessing comes with a curse: the loss of every firstborn son. Now, Woody Kings, the leader of the island’s lobster fishing community and the family patriarch, teeters on the throne, and Cordelia, the oldest of Woody’s three daughters, stands to inherit the crown. To do so, however, she must defend her island from meth dealers from the mainland while navigating sibling rivalry and the vulnerable nature of her own heart when she falls in love with her sternman.Inspired by King Lear, The Lobster Kings is the story of Cordelia’s struggle to maintain her island’s way of life in the face of danger from offshore and the rich, looming, mythical legacy of her family’s namesake. - (WW Norton)
The talented author of the mystical Touch (2011) returns with a much more commercial novel about fishing wars on the fictional Loosewood Island. The Kings family has been fishing lobster for 300 years and is descended from a famous painter who, family legend has it, was married to a mermaid. Now, however, their waters are being invaded by the rough men who work at an overfished neighboring harbor and who dabble in delivering boatloads of meth. Cordelia, the eldest of the three daughters, loves the work and is the obvious heir to her aging father's business, but her favored place has come at the expense of sibling rivalry. She's in love with her married sternman and is determined to preserve her way of life, even if it means confronting the men who are cutting her family's traps. Zentner spends a good deal of time setting up the family mythology and echoing Shakespeare's King Lear, but when the fishing wars heat up, so does the plot. With its strong female lead and its evocative setting, this could well be Zentner's breakout book. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.
Library Journal Reviews
Steeped in the lore of the sea with a nod to the grand scope of Shakespeare's King Lear, Zentner's satisfying family saga (following Touch) explores the Kings family's mythical past and the unsettling truth of their future. The family has been like royalty on Loosewood Island since Brumfitt Kings, whose paintings and journals reveal the family history, arrived from Ireland 300 years ago. Woody Kings, the aging patriarch, assumed his son Scotty would be the rightful heir, but tragedy forces Woody to put his oldest daughter Cordelia at the helm of the Queen Jane. All but invisible to her father, Cordelia has worked on her father's boat since she was a young girl and has grown into a courageous, independent woman in a world dominated by men. The one true daughter, she steps up to confront drug runners and ruthless poachers threatening the Kings's age-old territory. Unsure of her place in a family circle shared by two sisters, Rena and Carly, Cordelia puts aside sibling rivalry and her own promising love interest to fight for her family's legacy. VERDICT Award-winning Zentner's literary tour de force takes hold of the reader's imagination and doesn't let go. Extraordinary storytelling not to be missed.—Donna Bettencourt, Mesa Cty. P.L., Palisade, CO
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