"Will speak to fans of books like Into the Wild
; Moynihan has a good story to tell, one that's flecked with briny bits of Melville and Conrad and Raban. His unshowy prose has genuine immediacy. He's good company on the page."--The New York Times
“The Voyage of the Rose City
is an amazing story, amazingly told. John Moynihan left us his heartfelt, moving, perfectly crafted story about the watery part of the world. Long after you finish reading, the story will echo through your head. Not to be missed.”—Darin Strauss
“John Moynihan’s high-spirited description of his four months as an ordinary seaman on a supertanker is a mesmerizing tale of courage, nerve, and heart. This riveting account of how the senator’s son was eventually accepted by the clannish crew is wittily illustrated by the drawings that filled the margins of his journal.”—James Ivory
“John Moynihan died young, but not before leaving, on the pages of a loose-leaf notebook, an imperishable legacy. This literary gem, the story of a young man and the sea, will be read as long as people care about life’s essentially lonely voyage to maturity. The delight that Moynihan’s prose occasions is tinged with melancholy because this is the only glimpse we shall have of a remarkable talent.”—George F. Will
About the Author
was born in Syracuse, New York, and lived with his family in India for two years during middle school. That experience, and the travels that went with it, set him on a lifelong quest to see the wider world. He worked as a writer and animator and loved teaching as he traveled, always returning to New York City, his home base.