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The Waterman: A Novel of the Chesapeake Bay

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Set along the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, this first novel tells the story of Clay Wakeman, who spent his boyhood on the water and finds he can't leave it. When his father is lost in a storm off the Eastern Shore, Clay drops out of college to take possession of his father's boat and his work as a waterman, that is, as an independent commercial fisherman. Since the old bo ...more
ebook, 300 pages
Published January 9th 1999 by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
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I've read this one several years ago and enjoyed it so much I figured I'd give it another try over the holiday break. One can relate and almost interact with the characters by sensing their emotions and feelings throughout the entire read. This book is wholesome in that it helps the reader gain an excellent understanding of a fisherman's life while adding a bit of suspense and intrigue at the same time.

Final update: I realize I had gotten this book confused with another one depicting a similar b
Again, another novel I bought on sale because I kind of liked the title. If reading is to learn about a completely different world, this book fills that need. Never been to Chesapeake and the descriptions sent me to maps more than once; quite good descriptions and beautiful in places. Really enjoyed meeting these characters and following their journeys.
Junkin's strong sense of life on the water enhances this belated coming of age story that ends with a long suspenseful boat chase along the Virginia/Maryland coast.
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