August Gale: A Father And Daughter's Journey Into The Storm by Barbara WalshAugust Gale: A Father And Daughter's Journey Into The Storm by Barbara Walsh

August Gale: A Father And Daughter's Journey Into The Storm

byBarbara Walsh

Paperback | January 15, 2013

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Long before "The Perfect Storm," the 1935 August Gale roared northeast. The surf raged along the New York and New Jersey shores as the gale whirled toward Newfoundland. Waves as tall as three-story houses swamped ships; monster combers broke masts in two and swept every man on deck into the raging sea. Scores of fishermen disappeared when the "divil" descended on that August evening, and one Newfoundland village would never be the same. Forty-two children in a community of three hundred lost their fathers.In August Gale, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Barbara Walsh takes readers on two heartrending odysseys: one into a deadly Newfoundland hurricane and the lives of schooner fishermen who relied on God and the wind to carry them home; the other, into a squall stirred by a man with many secrets: a grandfather who remained a mystery until long after his death.
Barbara Walsh is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and magazine columnist who has chased many stories during her career; her work has changed laws, lives, and affected the 1988 presidential election. She is also the author of Sammy in the Sky, a children's book illustrated by painter Jamie Wyeth. Barbara lives in Maine with her two d...
Title:August Gale: A Father And Daughter's Journey Into The StormFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:January 15, 2013Publisher:Globe Pequot PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0762784903

ISBN - 13:9780762784905


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Book!! Growing up in Marystown,and having lost a Grandfather in the 1935 Gale, I heard the stories that were told by my family. The stories always told of the days before the boats sailed,and the wickedness of the storm that destroyed them. I was told about the days after the men failed to come home. When I began reading "August Gale" Barbara ability to tell a story allowed me to see,hear,and smell my home in 1935. It also took me into her own family,and struggles they dealt with,I came away feeling like I knew them. An amazing read from start to finish, all I can say is "Read it you will not be sorry".
Date published: 2013-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible Journey Barbara Wash has written a book that goes to the heart and minds of those small communities during that era. You can feel the pride and the pain of the true life characters. Even though i knew the ending, i kept hoping for a different result. This would be a great "required reading" in many schools
Date published: 2013-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could not put down!!! My Grandfather was Ernest Walsh, Captain Paddy's brother. Even though I knew of most of the details of the storm, I still could not put this book down. Barbara Walsh's style of writing keeps you on the "edge of your seat" waiting to see what happens and I knew what happened!! Not only is this book about historical Canadian events, it also includes personal family tragedies and heartbreak that I did not know about. So, how does such a story of the August Gale end?? This is why you must read the book!!
Date published: 2013-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible - a "must read" I am Jerome Francis Kelly, the grandson of Captain Paddy Walsh. I was surprised to see my grandfather's picture on the book jacket and bought August Gale immediately. All my life, I had heard the story of the August hurricane in 1935 that killed my grandfather and three uncles, plus many other fishermen from Marystown, Newfoundland. Amazingly, Barbara Walsh has captured that oral history in written form to create a novel worthy of her status as a Pulitzer Prize winning author. Further, she has intertwined that history with the story of her grandfather, Ambrose Walsh, a man who abandoned her father Ron's family. Barbara and her sisters' quest to reconcile Ron and Ambrose is a compelling human interest story on its own, but seen through the history of the Walsh family tragedy, it becomes a fascinating intergenerational tale. Barbara has captured the essence of the daily existence of Newfoundlanders in the small fishing village of Marystown in 1935. Her excellent re-creation of the personalities, the dialect, the superstitions and religious influences brings to life the people whose lives and futures were forever changed by the August gale. In addition, she has woven the story of her father's family into the events of 1935 to create a historically accurate novel with intriguing human interest. Granted, I have a very personal interest in the story, but I highly recommend August Gale as a "must read". Jerome Francis Kelly Oakville, Ontario, Canada
Date published: 2012-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best book i have ever read. Just finished the best book i have read yet called August Gale by Barbara Walsh an absolutely amazing story around the Hurricane of 1935 here in Newfoundland and what all the families of the Burin peninsula had to endure. The story takes place in the town near where my wife is from and is an absolute must read. I would recommend it to everyone.
Date published: 2012-01-06

Editorial Reviews

"A celebration of traditional family values and reconciliation."-Kirkus Reviews"Like The Perfect Storm, Barbara Walsh's book vividly captures the fishermen who fought for their lives in an unforgiving sea. Her quest to redeem and understand her grandfather is a powerful story that will resonate with fathers, daughters and sons. August Gale is a hauntingjourney that readers will long remember." - Kate Braestrup, New York Times bestselling author of Here If You Need Me."A wonderfully written tale of the sea and a far flung village of people surviving on the edge of the world, Barbara Walsh has plucked a historical event out of time and filled it with an emotional breadth rarely found in documentary or memoir writing." - Jonathon King, Edgar Award-winning mystery author."Barbara Walsh's lyrical story of her father and their journey into the tempest is gripping, heartwarming - and memorable. A terrific read." - Jackie MacMullan, former Sports Illustrated and Boston Globe writer and author of Magic and Bird: Basketball's Awed Couple.