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Author: Thomas Steinbeck
Genre: Omnibuses & Short Stories
Rights: UK & Comm ex Can
Pub. Date: 1st May 2004
Growing up in a family that valued the art of storytelling, Thomas Steinbeck now follows in his father's footsteps with a brilliant story collection. Down to a Soundless Sea resonates with the rich history and culture of California, recalling vivid details of life in Monterey County from the turn of the century through the 1930s.
These stories have the feel of classic literature, tracing the fates and dreams of an extraordinary cast of characters, from sailors and ranchers to doctors and immigrants - as each struggles to carve out a living in the inhospitable environment of rocky cliffs, crashing surf and rough patches of land along the California coast and the Big Sur.
In 'Blind Luck', a wayward orphan finds his calling at sea, only to find that life must concede to ravages of nature; 'An Unbecoming Grace' follows a country physician who falls for his patient's wife. The collection concludes with the powerful 'Sing Fat and the Duchess of Woo', a novella that charts the tragic love story between a young apothecary and the woman he hopes to marry.
Deeply felt and richly imagined, full of compelling drama and historical authenticity, Down to a Soundless Sea heralds the arrival of a bold new voice in fiction.