The "wonderful first novel about life, love, and lobster fishing" (USA Today) from the #1 bestselling writer, Elizabeth Gilbert's Stern Men debuted to phenomenal critical attention. Now, Penguin is publishing a new edition of Gilbert's wise and charming novel for the millions of readers who devoured Eat, Pray, Love and remain hungry for more.
Off the coast of Maine, Ruth Thomas is born into a feud fought for generations by two groups of local lobstermen over fishing rights for the waters that lie between their respective islands. At eighteen, she has returned from boarding school--smart as a whip, feisty, and irredeemably unromantic--determined to throw over her education and join the men working the lobster boats. Gilbert utterly captures the American spirit through an unforgettable heroine who is destined for greatness--and love--despite herself.
Elizabeth Gilbert is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love, and several other internationally bestselling books of fiction and nonfiction. Gilbert began her career writing for Harper's Bazaar, Spin, the New York Times Magazine, and GQ, and was a three-time finalist for the National Magazine Award. Her story collection Pilgrims was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award; The Last American Man was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. The follow-up memoir Committed became an instant #1 New York Times bestseller. Her latest novel, The Signature of All Things, was named a Best Book of 2013 by the New York Times, O Magazine, the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, and the New Yorker. Gilbert’s short fiction has appeared in Esquire, Story, One Story, and the Paris Review.
Allyson Ryan hails from New York where she has acted in and directed more than 30 plays. Her television credits include roles on Eleventh Hour, Law & Order, and One Life to Live. You can hear and see her in numerous television commercials, and she has also narrated the audiobooks Tantalize, Eternal, and Blessed.