Dick Pierce, fisherman and boat-builder, lives on the Rhode Island shore in a backwater world of salt marshes, alcoholic fishermen, crab boats and old homesteads disappearing under new resorts for inland tourists. A stubborn man thoughtful enough to know that the world is becoming too small for men like himself, Pierce has a mortgage, a family, a "puny income from lobstering" and a dream: to finish the half-built boat in his backyard so he can fish for red crabs out in deep water, make some real money and raise himself and his family up. He is a classic American solitary hero, and Casey knows the sloughs of the Rhode Island shore as well as any fisherman. Spartina won the National Book Award in 1989. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A Rhode Island fisherman grows taciturn and restless in his 40s, until the unexpected occurs: an affair with a woman who has the power to draw out and challenge her lover. "Casey uses a simple, unadorned narrative style to create an evocative character study," wrote PW. This novel won the 1989 National Book Award.
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This book is somewhat uneven...interesting plot, but then long passages relating the feelings of the main character. Read morePublished 1 month ago by S L Mott
There are aspects of this work that are beautifully realized, descriptive, evocative, and very well crafted. and I really can't judge the entire plot because I stopped reading it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Runner
Spartina received the National Book Award when it was published in 1989. It deals a lot with one great American literary theme: class. Read morePublished 6 months ago by James W. Fonseca
This is a really enjoyable book, especially if you are familiar with the Rhode Island area and life by the ocean. You can pick it up used at a great price! Worth reading. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Melissa D.
This book will put you in a bad mood. The main character is a grouch and a malcontent. Despite what the back cover says, he is not a kind man, Sensitive is dubious. Read morePublished 17 months ago by puzzleman
This is a beautifully written story. It is not a page turner it is a well developed book where you really get to know the characters. You will enjoy the window into Mr. Read morePublished 24 months ago by WW Review
As a former (you never get it out of your system) Swamp Yankee, I definitely laughed at these characters. I KNOW them. Otherwise, the story wasn't terribly compelling. Read morePublished on August 3, 2013 by Paul M. Bauer
When Casey is dealing with boats, the sea, and commercial fishing he's excellent, and Spartina is a very good, if not exactly engrossing, novel. Read morePublished on August 3, 2013 by J. J. Lisandrillo