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St Joseph and the Sea: Fishermen, Faith and Redemption on the Ocean Paperback – May 20, 2012
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Dan Chiasson is a commercial fisherman and student of writing at the Harvard Extension School and Grub Street in Boston. He currently makes his living working on a lobster boat out of Cohassett, Mass.
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I happily recommend the book and look forward to more from Mr. Chiasson.
This is a coming of age story of Mordecai, the underachiever, who is forced by parental tough love to set out on his own. Failing at many menial jobs, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery.
His mentor is a life long friend, Flip, a peer who is already a fisherman, who challenges Mordecai to try his hand at it. Mordecai soon experiences an initiation by the St. Joseph's captain, Tony, and Ed, the first mate. He quickly learns that if you screw up you will not be asked to show up for work the next day. You will be labeled unlucky and no one will hire you.
Every profession has its rites of passage - none more than the fishing industry, with its traditions, its rituals, enjoyments and its ever-present dangers. We experience these passages through Mordecai's eyes.
Frankly told with a wry sense of humor and keen introspective, the author deftly describes a bright and sensitive young man set against the challenge of the sea, and the greater challenge of finding himself.
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