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'“In this crisply written debut novel, Gary Maynard turns the classic escape-under-sail fantasy on its head. The dialogue is authentic; the scenes are richly but sparingly described, and the nautical details ring oh-so-true, which is a rarity in fiction. But in true Conrad fashion, Maynard has been to sea, and to the real South Pacific, and from this experience he paints a brilliant, discordant, and vulnerable picture of running away to sea and coming of age.” —Matthew P. Murphy, editor, WoodenBoat magazine “What is it about seagoing that gives rise to lyricism in fiction? I kept wondering as I read Plumbelly, which is sown liberally with beautiful and thrilling descriptions of the sea in all its moods, the elements, and the athleticism and mental agility that comprise the art of sailing. Three teenagers, two boys and a girl, set sail in a 29-foot sloop on the South Pacific, each in his or her own way, a fugitive. The voyage leads inevitably, to self-discovery and heartbreak. This is both love story and adventure novel, fast-paced and written throughout with grace and economy.” —John Hough Jr., author of Seen the Glory: A Novel of the Battle of Gettysburg '
Publisher: Open Road Media