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Hull Creek

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  34 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Troy Hull has troubles. After the death of his parents, he left college to take up his family's traditional lobster-fi shing life. Now, thanks to poor fi shing, a misguided second mortgage, and the changing nature of his hometown, Troy fi nds himself faced with the loss of that life. As a former highschool classmate turned banker tells him: This isn't a fi sherman's town a ...more
Hardcover, 242 pages
Published April 16th 2011 by Down East Books
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May 03, 2011 Lee rated it it was amazing
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This book lives up to its title. It really is a novel about the Maine coast, specifically the mid-Maine coast in and near a fictionalized Camden and the waters of western Penobscot Bay. It's a good and sometimes funny read.

The struggles of a young lobsterman, Troy Hull, to keep his family home and way of life in a town increasingly overrun by people from away ring true. Some of the bad guys in this story seem a bit over the top, but that is part of the pleasure of reading "Hull Creek."

While it's
Jul 20, 2015 Frosty61 rated it liked it
The story is a good one as Troy Hull struggles to make a living lobstering in a changing economy. He's tempted to go down the 'quick money' path with his shady buddy, Polky, in order to save his family land and home from dishonest developers and bankers. There's no pat solution to his problems, but compromise and love help see him through. My biggest complaint about the book is the stereotypical characterization of the tourists who 'invade' Troy's small town. Maine needs the tourism income, yet ...more
Nov 27, 2013 Mary rated it it was amazing
"Hull Creek" is the story of Troy Hull. He is a troubled man, trying to keep his lobster fishing career going, and facing foreclosure on the mortgage of his house in Maine. He loves his hometown and how he earns his living, but the money just isn't coming in anymore. He faces temptation from several different directions as he tries to straighten out the mess that his life has become. Will he join an acquaintance in an illegal venture for ill-gotten gains, or will he choose to do the right thing, ...more
Sep 12, 2011 Megowen rated it really liked it
Recommended to Megowen by: Down East Magazine
I am really liking this book, but setting it aside as it's a little too much for a post oral surgery procedure day. I need something a little lighter and I'll get back to this. I like the characters, and can recognize places in Maine where this story could be taking place.

A great story, with believable characters. A little spoofing of "swags", but a pretty good portrayal of the changes of the Maine economy. I have seen those great big houses, that sit empty most of the year...and wonder where al
Melissa Acuna
Jun 05, 2011 Melissa Acuna rated it it was amazing
Outstanding novel. Hull Creek is the story of Troy Hull, a fisherman who is trying to hold onto a way of life that is not so much dying out, as it is being stolen away.
It's a smart, honest story set in the mid-coast of Maine in a fictional village which may or may not be Rockport. Big money moves into the picturesque town and slowly turns the harbor from a working waterfront to a quaint tourist destination with more sailboats than fishing boats.
I highly recommend this to any one who wants to b
Dec 31, 2011 Avital rated it it was amazing
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The world wears different colors when Jim Nichols tells about it. He takes the readers into Troy Hull's life with such precision of dialogue and action, and such empathy, you get completely involved with the character. The urbanization of Maine brings poverty and sadness to fishermen or lobster men like him. He struggles with his own sorrows of love and loss, and protects his old world with certain desperation. There's authenticity in the descriptions and the place comes alive. Highly recommende ...more
Very good novel about a lobster fisherman on the Maine coast facing the profound changes in today's economic and social climate. Trying to hang on to a home where six generations of his family have fished and lived for many decades, Troy Hull gets in over his head on a new "business" venture. This author has a tremendous ear for dialogue and a way of bringing his characters to life that makes this book very readable.
Lisa Lieberman
Aug 08, 2011 Lisa Lieberman rated it it was amazing
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Such a tender story! Jim Nichols writes about coming to terms with loss and change without getting all sentimental, and yet he leaves us moved. A clear-eyed observer of his beloved coastal Maine, he lets us see the place like a native. Along the way, we get to know the locals, warts and all, and have the pleasure of watching a few members of the yacht-owning class get their comeuppance.
Steven Powell
Apr 03, 2012 Steven Powell rated it really liked it
Due to my dyslexia, Jim's witing style took me a few pages to warn up too, but then it started to move along nicely. It has a strong story which is belivable and not over done. I think it would help readers to have a basic knowledge of lobstering and the mid-coast area, as Jim does not spend a lot of time explaining things. But then what true Maina' does?
Feb 26, 2012 John rated it really liked it
great slice of a disappearing life, takes place in the town of "Pequot," which seems a lot like Camden. And I'm not just saying that because I know the author either
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Life-long Maine kid...currently living in Warren. Work published in Esquire, elimae, Portland Monthly, Zoetrope ASE, Narrative, River City, American Fiction, Clackamas Review, paris transcontinental, others...winner of Kurt Johnson Prize for Fiction (2014) and Willamette Fiction Award (2000), collection Slow Monkeys and Other Stories (2003), novel Hull Creek (2011), novel-in-stories Closer All The ...more
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