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  • Title: NOT A BOOK: The Fisher Kings
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  • Control over the last great natural resource the untamed ocean is the bitterly contested prize in this contemporary family drama that pits three brothers, their waterman father, and a generations old way of life against each other.Set on fictional Trappe Island in the Chesapeake Bay, the novel revolves around the complex issue of overfishing and the depletion of the blueControl over the last great natural resource the untamed ocean is the bitterly contested prize in this contemporary family drama that pits three brothers, their waterman father, and a generations old way of life against each other.Set on fictional Trappe Island in the Chesapeake Bay, the novel revolves around the complex issue of overfishing and the depletion of the blue crab harvest during one summer s devastating drought Patriarch King Kingsley has continued a time honored fishing tradition, but by doing his job too well he and other watermen have emptied the bay and destroyed their own livelihoods Many species have been fished to extinction, others are on the brink, and the island is sinking After years of failed attempts to conceive, Gail keeps youngest son Sonny s infertility a result of decades of eating from a watershed teeming with pesticide and fertilizer runoff flowing downstream from, among others, her father s farm a secret But she s convinced that a child would finally get Sonny out from under his father s thumb.State of the art computerized nautical technology led them to overcapitalize in the 90s and now their mountain of debt threatens to sink them When a spectacular blue crab harvest floods the market, driving down the market price, watermen are forced to strike for the first time in their lives A domino effect puts Gail, a crab picker, out of work Packinghouses and local restaurants are next, and as the whole island shuts down, creditors come knocking.Into this conundrum come Don, CEO of a multinational seafood conglomerate, and Peter, an environmental activist Each brother takes a different, indeed opposite, path to end rampant overfishing and protect the bay he loves Don tries to push legislation through the statehouse that would corporatize fishing by introducing a commodities based quota system, but Peter mounts a campaign to stop him with his plan to trade shares in catch numbers on the stock exchange.As president of the powerful Waterman s Association, it s up to King to rally the troops around a unified agenda, but he can t bring himself to endorse either side since it would mean choosing between his sons He waffles until a splinter group forms, tearing the association in two and destroying its power in the statehouse As the son who stayed behind and stood to inherit the watershed through his sweat equity, Sonny believes he has the most to lose.As the summer heats up, the depth of their desperate situation unfolds, compounding the already strained relationship between Gail and King, who are locked in a lifelong battle for possession of Sonny As the Kingsleys slowly rip apart, Gail steps in to bind both brothers to her, hoping to get pregnant and hold the family together As each man tries to persuade her to intercede on his behalf, she in turn tries to convince them to abandon their campaigns But she dangerously underestimates their commitment to their ideals Tensions escalate until everyone squares off in the courts and the legislature brother against brother, and father against son, as the fate of the watershed hangs in the balance With no fish left to catch and no way to earn a living, King s health, damaged by the same pollutants that destroyed Sonny s fertility, and guilt stricken over decades of strip mining the bay, declines Ill and embittered, King fears losing his hold on Sonny, the very thing he has tried to avoid but unwittingly brought about by unintentionally robbing his son of his inheritance a healthy fishery In a last ditch effort, he divulges Gail s betrayal, but it backfires with devastating consequences The long simmering rivalry between Gail and King erupts and in its aftermath, she awakens to a spark of compassion for him, inquires after his illness, and at long last rain begins to fall The novel addresses such themes as work and identity, commerce vs natural resources, and possession vs seas held in the public trust The author s job is to ask questions, and the novel poses such thorny ones as, What does it mean when you do your job so well that you put yourself out of work To whom does the sea belong, those who work it or the public How do you regulate a commons in a free marketing economy and How do you provide for the next generation while also leaving an inheritance to it These questions play out within the family, too, as Gail remains locked in a lifelong battle for possession of Sonny with King, even as she tries to fend off the possessiveness of Don and Peter Although not a polemic, THE FISHER KING makes manifest the relationship between the personal and the political It is sure to appeal to men and women alike and to anyone interested in our shared future, both economic and environmental.
    NOT A BOOK The Fisher Kings Control over the last great natural resource the untamed ocean is the bitterly contested prize in this contemporary family drama that pits three brothers their waterman father and a generations old

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    1. ENGROSSING, SEXY, PAGE TURNER PAYS HOMAGE TO LITERARY PREDECESSORS The Fisher Kings is that rarest of novels a well written page turner that addresses big themes while paying homage to literary tradition Ambitious and sweeping in scope, richly multi layered, the fact that it is a first novel is nothing short of astonishing It is sure to appeal to men and women alike and to everyone interested in our shared future, both economic and environmental.In writing that is clear and lucid, the novel tack [...]

    2. Hayley Kelsey s debut novel, The Fisher Kings, is a sprawling, complicated, and highly readable tale of family dysfunction and conflict, set within the framework of the dying fishing industry The locale is Trappe Island in Maryland s Chesapeake Bay The slowly sinking dot of land may be fictional in name, but it s a dead on composite of so many long standing East Coast communities decimated by environmental ravages, with generations of watermen struggling to hold onto a way of life that is shrink [...]

    3. Author Josie Gerard Genre FictionRating 4 1 2 starsReview I started out reading this book interested enough, but the I read, the I got absorbed into the novel It s the type of story that grows on you, I suppose The Fisher Kings, written by Josie Gerard, deals with several themes topics, including what does independence mean, family dysfunctionality, dealing with change and the question of who does the ocean belong to I ll start out with the first theme, what does independence mean The main cha [...]

    4. Trappe Island has remained characteristically independent,aloof, the inhabited island left on the bay , June 29, 2013ByThe island remains as a metaphor for Gail, our narrator, and her lifelong struggle to be taken as her own person The metaphor works well in this novel of family stories nested back to back She had lived first on an Army base, enclosed by the world of men and encased in her father s role on the base Her father had married the daughter of a farmer, and he courted his father in law [...]

    5. Das Insolvenzverfahren vor Gericht wird der private und gesch ftliche Tiefpunkt f r Gail und ihren Mann Sonny sein Beide hatten als selbstst ndige K stenfischer in der Chesapeake Bay gearbeitet Als die Erl se konstant geringer als die Betriebskosten blieben, mussten sie Haus, Boot, Krankenversicherung und Altersvorsorge aufgeben Doch Gail ist zuversichtlich, dass sie beide durch die auf die Insolvenz folgende Berufsberatung und Umschulung eine zweite Chance bekommen werden Sonny l sst unter Einf [...]

    6. Overfishing and environmental concerns stemming from dangerous agricultural practices circle around the main character, Gail, who learns that her fertility is being hurt by the events that are out of her control With dwindling fish counts, income and money are always an issue She puts off having children for years much to the dismay of her husband, but is suddenly desperate for a child that she hopes will bring the family back together Past romance is rekindled and becomes dangerous for her and [...]

    7. This book was a magician s hat I never knew what other wonder would come from inside its pages I was very fortunate to read it.The characters are real and complex, no one is good the good guy, no one the bad guy, which is what makes the story so effective The reader can understand and reason through the characters actions, no matter how harmful they might be towards another character I love that tugging of emotions that leave us looking around for who the hero really is Nothing is black and whit [...]

    8. The first quality the reader will notice is the author s writing style, clean and simple with great descriptions The author actually highlights a growing problem many fish are being hunted to the point of extinction There are other problems with this world, the pesticides and fertilizers appear to interfere with infertility The author includes two opposing characters, both foils of the other, Don and Peter Don is the CEO of a multinational seafood conglomerate and Peter is an avid environmentali [...]

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