For Sylvie, Ragged Island - and the whales who swam around it - is the only world she has ever known. It is the place where she was born and raised, where she lived with her four late husbands, and where she plans to live out her remaining years.
It is also the home to a community whose love for the island is immense. But when the Nova Scotia government decides to shut down the ferry service that is the lifeblood of Ragged Island, the residents see their world beginning to disappear.
Sea of Tranquility is the lyrical and moving story of an island struggling to survive. Lesley Choyce’s seventh novel, it contains the elements for which the author is known: engaging characters, page-turning storyline, and uproarious humour. Choyce is in top form.
About the author
No one has a clearer view of Atlantic Canada's literary endeavours over the past twenty years than Lesley Choyce. He is the founder of the literary journal Pottersfield Portfolio, and the publisher of Pottersfield Press. He has edited several fiction anthologies and has been the in-house editor of many books from Pottersfield Press including Making Waves, a collection of stories by emerging authors from Atlantic Canada. He is the author of more than fifty books in genres ranging from poetry and essays to autobiography, history and fiction for adults, young adults, and children. Among his recent books are the novels The Republic of Nothing, World Enough, and Cold Clear Morning, and the story collection Dance the Rocks Ashore. Choyce is the writer, host, and co-producer of the popular literary show television program, Off the Page with Lesley Choyce, which is broadcast across the country on Vision TV. He also teaches in the English department of Dalhousie University in Halifax and is leader of the rock band The Surf Poets.
lyrical, funny, and mordant.
Quill and Quire
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
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
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)
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.
Other titles by Lesley Choyce
High Water Mark
Stories from Atlantic Canada 1983-2023
Around England with a Dog
Closing Down Heaven
Face the Music
Down Home for Christmas - Holiday Stories from Atlantic Canada
The Amazing History of a Coastal Village, Second Edition
The Trouble With Everything
The Rules Have Changed
Nova Scotia: Shaped by the Sea
A Living History