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The town of Goodnight by the Sea lies on a peninsula between two bays, Red Moon and Humosa, and for years its people have struggled to get by, profiting on its shrimping industry, making a few bucks from tourism, especially as a winter retreat for visitors from the Great Lakes. All that is about to change. The shrimping industry is in a slump. The off-shore oil fields are ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 4th 2007 by Unbridled Books
(first published 2006)
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Started a little slowly, but really drew me in. It's a portrait of a dying coastal town in Texas. It centers on a love triangle (that eventually becomes a love square) between a 22 year old beauty named Una, her violent boyfriend Gabirel, and a 17 year old high school drop out and photographer named Falk--and eventually Falk's 16 year old cousin Leesha. Well observed and funny and hopeful despite everything that happens.
A nice fictional novel about a small fishing town on the Texas Gulf that had too many adjectives, too much cultural diversity in the population, too dependent on shrimping, too little shrimp left to fish, a dead fish too big for its own good and a too big hurricaine that devastated the region. People in the town dealing with their own loves and lives, and then dealing with life as survivors.
Goodnight is a small coastal Texas town where the fisherman are hard hit with low quantities of fish and shrimp. It tells of some of the inhabitants of the town and how they cope. A hurricane "Tanya" hits the area and lives are changed. Gabriel, Una, Falk, Gusef are some of the characters in the story and how they interact. It is a story of romance, despair, hope, and circumstance.
this was a slower read. not because it wasn't engaging (it was) but the way it's written is more like a long character study than a novel. there is no real plot that i can come up with - it's just about life in this small town and t he aftermath of a dramatic storm. liked it.
William J. Cobb is a novelist, essayist, and short fiction writer whose work has been published in The New Yorker, The Mississippi Review, The Antioch Review, and many others. He's the author of two novels - The Fire Eaters (W.W. Norton 1994) and Goodnight, Texas (Unbridled Books 2006) - and a book of stories, The White Tattoo (Ohio State UP 2002). He reviews books for the Dallas Morning News, the ...moreMore about William J. Cobb...