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August Gale: A Father and Daughter's Journey into the Storm Hardcover – October 18, 2011

4.8 out of 5 stars 118 customer reviews

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“A celebration of traditional family values and reconciliation.”—Kirkus Reviews
"Like The Perfect Storm, Barbara Walsh’s book vividly captures the fishermen who fought for their lives in an unforgiving sea. Her quest to redeem and understand her grandfather is a powerful story that will resonate with fathers, daughters and sons. August Gale is a haunting

journey that readers will long remember." – Kate Braestrup, New York Times bestselling author of Here If You Need Me.

“A wonderfully written tale of the sea and a far flung village of people surviving on the edge of the world, Barbara Walsh has plucked a historical event out of time and filled it with an emotional breadth rarely found in documentary or memoir writing.” – Jonathon King, Edgar Award-winning mystery author.

“Barbara Walsh's lyrical story of her father and their journey into the tempest is gripping, heartwarming - and memorable. A terrific read.” – Jackie MacMullan, former Sports Illustrated and Boston Globe writer and author of Magic and Bird: Basketball's Awed Couple.
 
 
 
 

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August Gale: A Father and Daughter's Journey into the Storm is a wonderful holiday gift for male and female readers. High school students are also enjoying the book in their English classes or as a summer read.

A dramatic sea story and haunting memoir, August Gale has also become a popular book club selection and "community read."

To connect with readers, Barbara  is Skyping into book clubs and classrooms around the world. To set up a Skype session, please contact her at bwalshauthor@gmail.com
              --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot; First edition (October 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762761466
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762761463
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,613,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Bill Pilon VINE VOICE on November 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is an outstanding book. Barbara Walsh has very skillfully meshed three related stories. First is that of the catastrophic 1935 gale that took the lives of 40 Newfoundland fishermen including her great-uncle "Paddy" Walsh and several of her cousins, second is the story of her grandfather Ambrose Walsh who had emigrated to NY from Newfoundland to start and later abandon his own family and third, the effect that Ambrose's actions had on her dad, Ronald and her uncle William Patrick (the namesake of the drowned fisherman) and their mother.

The book alternates between the three story lines in the context of and the author's trip, accompanied by her dad, to Marystown, Newfoundland during which she unraveled the story of the gale and she and her dad came to know their relatives. All the story lines and the Marystown trip are well written and compelling. Even better they are seamlessly woven together.

Walsh is particularly strong on the human cost of these tragedies. Her descriptions of the grief of the women and children over the loss of their fathers, husbands and brothers and their plight in the following winter is especially poignant. The images she describes are haunting. Equally well done is her writing about the effects of Ambrose's abandonment on Ambrose's wife and well as on the author's dad and uncle.

I simply can't recommend this highly enough.
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Barbara Walsh has crafted a riveting piece of nonfiction by skillfully weaving two lines of parallel events within three generations of her family. The author's Pulitzer Prize-winning research skills are showcased in the narrative's historical accuracy and honesty. Her humanity and compassion ground the work somewhere closer to the heart, reinforcing the idea that we are all the sum of our experiences and our decisions. There are inherited traits and tendencies, but we each build our castle (or shack) on those foundations. Here is the story of a man who found the courage to be a better man than the example he was given and nurtured that bravery in others. I hope many more people will read the book, taking solace and strength from the lives and events it depicts. Readers will continue to weigh the wisdom of decisions made against their consequences long after the last page has been turned.
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Be prepared for a compelling - and heartwarming - read that you won't want to put down. I read it in three sessions on my kindle,only because I didn't want it to end. Could have read it in one night.
Barbara not only has a great eye for detail, she has a great ear. The conversations in this book are as riveting as the action that takes place during the horrible storm.
A great adventure story, and a wonderful family story. As good a read as I've enjoyed in a long time.
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This book is a recent favorite of mine! Read it w my book club and then we got to Skype w the author!, she was delightful and answered all our questions honestly and w humor! I loved how the story was based on a real families' story over three generations. I enjoyed learning about a historical event I knew nothing's about (the Gale that claimed so many lives from one little village in Newfoundland). I really enjoyed the honest complexity of family relationships weaved throughout the stories. I highly recommend this book! It was a great summer read!
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The problem with many books that have separate but entwining story lines --each with their own set of characters and sometimes set in different time periods -- is one of those lines often ends up being far more compelling than the others. That can leave the reader flipping through chapters to find the "good stuff," skipping the weaker plot lines, and ending up with an unsatisfying literary experience.

Not so with "August Gale." Barbara Walsh equally divides her considerable literary skills between detailing the lives of her ancestors, Irish immigrants who have settled in Newfoundland and make their living fishing in the 1930s, to exploring her own modern-day family's journey to not just come to terms with the past but embrace it. The summer North Atlantic storm of the title is the story's center. But really, this is a book about family ties and disappointments, and how the past is always present.

Walsh vividly portrays the Marystown fishing village, a place where the women wait for their men to return from the sea; you can smell the salt in the air and hear the wind blowing against the wooden shutters. A Pulitzer-prize winning journalist, she obviously did considerable research on Irish immigrant life and the independent operator fishing industry in the 1930s -- which has much in common with the small boat captains and workers in "Perfect Storm" (although they certainly have better weather monitoring equipment today). If you love: 1.) memoirs about family life and personal discovery or 2.) books about the sea or the Irish experience in the New World, you should try "August Gale."
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Barbara Walsh came to our library in Pelham, NH & after listening to her descriptive reading of the August Gale, I was impressed & purchased her book. I was in awe with the description & detail of the fishermen & their gear. I read it in two days, a very good read & I highly recommend it.
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