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Sea of Tranquility: A Novel Paperback – April 1 2003

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Prolific Nova Scotia writer Lesley Choyce (editor of and contributor to the Atlantica anthology, among other things) is at it again with a story about simple island folk up against the harsh realities of life at the turn of the millennium. Sea of Tranquility tells of the economic difficulties of life on Ragged Island, a quaint little piece of rock off the coast of rural Nova Scotia. After the failure of a seemingly endless series of survival strategies, from cabbages and cod to whale tours and a junkyard shooting gallery, the main character, four-time widow Sylvie, decides to follow her instincts. The novel opens with moving evocations of the old way of life out east and the tragedy of its disappearance, while honestly facing the fact that it is the author of its own destruction. Choyce writes of the dilemmas of the East Coast people with sympathy and realism until a heartwarming ending that is a little too mushy to be believable. --Robyn Gillam

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Choyce has impeccable pacing, a flare for the lyrical, and Sylvie, his alluring, intuitive charcter, who makes a great anchor for this sea yarn. ― Globe and Mail

lyrical, funny, and mordant. ― Quill and Quire

The salt-smacked charms of this story are hard to resist as Ragged Island learns how to peg its future on the sea of ingenuity. ― Edmonton Journal

an almost perfect novel. Part of what makes Sea of Tranquility so nearly perfect is the seamless blend of reality, fantasy and satire. ― New Brunswick Reader

Sea of Tranquility is the lyrical and moving story of an island struggling to surviverich with engaging characters, a page-turning storyline, and uproarious humour. ― Eastword (Writer's Federation of Nova Scotia Newsletter)

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Dundurn Press (April 1 2003)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 155002440X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1550024401
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 367 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13.97 x 2.01 x 21.56 cm
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