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The Ghost Trap

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  64 ratings  ·  25 reviews
The haunting story of a young lobsterman, Jamie Eugley, who is struggling with the grinding responsibilities of a head-injured fiancée and mounting trap wars, The Ghost Trap is a modern tale with an old-fashioned hero who puts family and heritage before self. In the end it’s not just about lobstering, but about one man’s sorrow for not appreciating the love he had, however ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Leapfrog Press (first published 2009)
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Feb 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Every now and again, I find myself gravitating towards a book that I am not entirely certain I will be able to connect with. Something that is just a wee bit outside my typical reading-comfort level. Something I feel I would be taking a risk on. I enjoy stretching my thought-muscles and trying something new on for size, and this last novel certainly did just that.

I am quickly becoming a fan of Leapfrog Press as they impress me yet again - this time with their 2009 release The Ghost
Mar 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Donna by: Lori
This book sets the stage for lobster wars in Maine and how small towns function as a whole and the daily lives of it's people and how important it is to them all. These wars are insane and get never let things go but it makes for a great story. Of course I loved Anya and Jamie but I just wish there was more sensitivity on Jamie's part since Anya's head injury. I can totally understand why Jamie gets a little off the handle with her because it can be frustrating. It is hard to handle someone like ...more
Mark Nicolella
Sep 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Didn't want it to end. amazing mix of beauty, humor, and the human stain of sadness. It's just one of those books that nails it.
Jul 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
"for whatever we lose (like a you or a me) / it's always ourselves we find in the sea" e.e. Cummings

This is a story about one lobsterman’s struggles and joys with his work and his life.

Jamie Eugely has lobstering in his blood. Living in Maine he was taught to lobster by both his father and his grandfather at a very young age. When he was a teen he thought to escape the small town Maine lifestyle, but ultimately came back to the family business.

Now he struggles as new lobsterman set their pots to
Sep 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Stephens is a terrific writer. In this novel, she brings to life a group of Maine lobstermen, including Jamie Hugley, who, at 27, is the guardian of his former fiancee - a young woman named Anja who sustained a brain-injury after falling off of his boat. He is torn between his strong sense of responsibility and the possibility of starting over again with another woman, in another place. The characters are vibrant and complicated. Stephens managed to make me feel compassion for a bunch of beer-sw ...more
Nov 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book is FANTASTIC! I started it on a Sunday night, stayed up way too late reading then spent all day at work on Monday exhausted and distracted dying to get back to it! The author captures not only mid-coast Maine and the lobster industry perfectly but a series of complex relationships that are truly universal. This book is an absolute MUST READ for everyone - NOT just residents of the mid-coast region.
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a story about human nature. The main character is a Maine lobsterman Jamie Eugley, who is following in the footsteps of generations of lobstermen. Jamie lives with, and is a caretaker of his fiance Anja who is suffering from a severe brain injury. Anja has progressed over a 3 year period from an infantile stage to being able to perform basic skills but remains a ghost of her former self.
Jamie and Anja's lives highlight one family's day to day struggles which can be found in many family
Mary Anne
Feb 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads
While reading I felt it was likely the work of Tabitha King
But K. Stephens seems a legitimate person. I know about how nasty trap wars can be here in Maine and flawed personalities make for good reading but I just couldn't go above 3 stars.
Susan Gomperts
May 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
After the first 15 pages I just couldn't.
Erica Spangler
Mar 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
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The Ghost Trap (LeapLit) by K. Stephens

Title: The Ghost Trap

Author: K. Stephens

Publisher: LeapFrog Press

Rating: 4 Shots of Espresso (The Red Eye)

I would first like to thank both Lori of TNBBC and LeapFrog Press for allowing me the opportunity to read K. Stephens' The Ghost Trap. Lori posted via Twitter a giveaway for Stephens' book, and I thought I should try to win a copy. I was finishing my thesis and was in a crisis mode as to what I would do with my life after my MA in English Literature. I, then, started to put together a bo
Linda Wright
Aug 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have recently returned from a wonderful vacation in Maine. Maine had been on my list of places to visit for a very long time. It's not a place that you can simply pass through on your way to somewhere else. Maine is kind of the end of the line, so to speak. But trust me, this state is worth the extra effort it takes to get there.

Maine is gorgeous, full of friendly people with a variety of things to do and explore. Oh, and did I mention the lobster? Lobster is on the menu everyday while in Main
Jun 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
I didn't know what to expect when I started this book other than it had been reccomended to me. I found it to be raucous, tender, heartbreaking and beatifully written.
The story concerns Jamie Eugley, a young redneck lobster fisherman in a small coastal Maine fishing village who is different from his family and friends because he has an inner sense of compassion and a desire to change his existance. He is torn between loyalty to his heritage and friends and rising above his situation to find his
Dec 05, 2009 rated it liked it
I really tore through this one. I'm from Downeast Maine so this pulled on some heartstrings. I am not, however, from the world that is described in the book, nor am I from the world vilified by the lobstermen, either: the Camden yachties with their stuck-up Marblehead sailing stories, etc, etc. I actually floated in between the two but had much more success with the latter. Stephens helped me gain a better understanding of what I must look and sound like to working-class people. This book made m ...more
Apr 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
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The Ghost Trap shows us a side of Maine rarely seen. This isn’t the picturesque vacationland, littered with multi-million dollar historic mansions, whose occupants reside there only a small portion of the year. No this is a much different scene. This is the heart and soul of Maine, flaws and all. It’s about a community of lobstermen who risk their lives and souls everyday on the formidable sea. It shows the struggle, fear, and stress of relying on the bounties of the sea for survival, but more ...more
Dana Nucera
Jul 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book very much. It was not a regular, predictable story. It made you almost know what it is like to live in Maine and work hard to make a living in a little spot of paradise mostly enjoyed by tourists. It gives a you a good idea of what goes on with the locals world to make a tourist spot work. They have real lives also and real problems. The author did a fantastic job making the main character in this story, Jamie, both real and tangible. The book does not necessarily end 'happil ...more
Apr 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
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The book, I find, is more about human nature and less about the technicalities of lobstering which I expected before reading the book. The narrative flowed very well and I can tell the book was well researched as the author was able to assemble the culture and daily experiences of the lobstering community in Maine with the complexities of human relationships to give a substantive insight into the psychology of the characters. Jamie and Anja's relationship was heartbreaking and memorable.
Nov 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book was pretty gripping. And I'm not just saying that because the author and setting are local. The dialogue was excellent and often really hilarious. The protagonist managed to be both aggravating, dunderheaded and completely sympathetic. The only part I didn't like was the ending. Seemed kind of a cop out.
Jul 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The author was able to convey a world that must be distant from her own in ways, and yet she did it with such grace and intensity. The use of simile, metaphor, and analogy was unlike anything I have experienced in print. They re-surfaced memories and sensations that were buried in the cobwebs of the past. I feel more alive at the completion of this book.
Dennis Dupuis
Nov 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Twas a hard read for me. I was looking to read books about lobstering and was given this one by a friend for Christmas. I loved the humor, but felt like I was constantly in a dark place as I wended my way thru the book. A bit too macabre for me, but the author obviously knows how to bring that out in written form. If that's your cup of tea, you should definitely read this book.
Aug 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Familiar, fun read. A movie waiting to happen.
Jan 21, 2010 rated it liked it
Definitely not what you might think it would be from the title. A very different side of the Maine Lobstering community and trade.
Jul 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Interesting look into the lives of lobster fishermen and surprisingly well developed main characters. Enjoyed it!
Apr 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Fine writing, great characters, a tough and tender story that'll keep you turning the pages, and so authentic you'll smell the salt air and hear the gulls squabbling somewhere just out of sight.
Waist of time and money ..
Sep 30, 2009 rated it it was ok
A young lobsterman deals with guilt and stress during trap wars. Set in Maine.
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K. Stephens is a Maine arts and entertainment writer who has written about schooners, food and wine, regional artists and the creative economy. Stephens credits her diverse experience as the background material for her novel. "Only until I came to Maine," she says, "and worked a bunch of crappy jobs, hung out with boat builders, fishermen, artists, sailors, freaks and geeks, did I find my perfect ...more

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