The Story Of Land And Sea: A Novel by Katy Simpson SmithThe Story Of Land And Sea: A Novel by Katy Simpson Smith

The Story Of Land And Sea: A Novel

byKaty Simpson Smith

Paperback | August 26, 2014

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Tabitha loves wandering the marshes of her small coastal village and listening to stories about her father's pirate voyages before he became a Continental soldier during the Amer­ican Revolution. When Tab contracts yellow fever, her father, John, takes her aboard a sloop bound for Bermuda, hoping the adventure and salt air will heal her.

Years earlier, Tab's mother, Helen, is given a young slave named Moll for her tenth birthday. Left largely alone, the two develop a close but uneasy companionship. Over the years their paths diverge: Helen takes control of the family plantation, and Moll is forced into marriage. While Helen disobeys her father's wishes by falling in love with John, Moll's only solace is her son, whom she will protect with a passion that defies the bounds of slavery. This incandescent debut captures the singular love between parent and child, the devastation of love lost, and the desperate paths we travel in the name of renewal.

Katy Simpson Smith was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. She attended Mount Holyoke College and received a PhD in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars. She is the author ofWe Have Raised All of You: Motherhood in the South, 1750-1835. She lives in New Orlean...
Title:The Story Of Land And Sea: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.64 inPublished:August 26, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062361961

ISBN - 13:9780062361967

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from An evocative tale set during the American Revolution A powerful story of love, loss, and tolerance in the American south! Author Katy Simpson Smith has penned a tale of hardship set in North Carolina during the American Revolution. In a lyrical writing style that evokes vivid images, and through the narrative of three different characters, the author recreates the harsh realities of daily life during that tumultuous period. This gripping story unfolds with a great deal of detail interspersed with drama. The plot revolves around a woman named Helen, and the most important relationships in her life ? her husband John, her daughter Tabitha, her slave Moll, and her father Asa. When Helen dies during the birth of her only child, Tabitha, it sends the grieving family into turmoil, each blaming either themselves or others. The novel jumps back and forth in time and point of view, peeling back the layers of this complex story as each character struggles to come to terms with their own personal struggles in search for happiness and tranquility. This is a deeply thought provoking novel, which must be savored at a leisurely pace in order to understand its intricate characters and underlying themes of power, slavery, and love. A very moving story indeed!
Date published: 2014-09-17

Editorial Reviews

“Smith has written something wondrous and rare in her coruscating debut novel…In quiet, powerful language, The Story of Land and Sea takes us to a South that has been forgotten, blotted out by the stain of war, and breathes life into early history.”