By Janice Clark
A gothic, literary experience set in New England, Janice Clark's haunting debut chronicles 100 years of a as soon as wealthy and now crumbling whaling kin, informed by way of its final surviving member.
Mercy Rathbone, fifteen years outdated, is the diminutive scion of the Rathbone extended family. Her father, the final within the beleaguered dynasty, has been misplaced at sea for seven years - ever because the final whale used to be visible off the coast of Naiwayonk, Connecticut. Mercy's thoughts of her father develop dimmer on a daily basis, and he or she spends so much of her time within the attic hideaway of her reclusive uncle Mordecai, who teaches her the secrets and techniques of Greek historical past and nautical navigation via his selection of specimens and moldering books. but if an odd, violent customer turns up one evening, Mercy and Mordecai are pressured to escape the crumbling mansion and set sail on a trip that might convey them deep into the haunted historical past of the Rathbone kinfolk, and the explanations for its undoing.
As Mercy and Mordecai sail from island to island off the Connecticut coast, encountering hazards and mysteries, pals and foes, they untangle the knots of the Rathbone tale, learning secrets and techniques lengthy encased in reminiscence. They research the background of the family's founder and patriarch, Moses Rathbone, and the mythical empire he equipped of ships staffed with the sons of his many, many other halves. Sons who stumbled of their father's shadow, distracted through the arriving of the Stark sisters, a trio of "golden" women, whose enchanting good looks can have sparked the Rathbone's decline.
From the depths of the ocean to the lonely heights of the widow's stroll; from the knowledge of the worn Rathbone better halves to the mysterious origins of a sinking island, Mercy and Mordecai's trip will deliver them to areas they by no means idea attainable. yet will they piece jointly a potential destiny from the errors of the prior, or is the as soon as nice family's destiny doomed to check that of the whales themselves?
Inspired by way of The Odyssey when it comes to Edgar Allan Poe and Moby Dick, The Rathbones is an formidable, mythic, and brave travel de strength that marks the debut of a blinding new literary voice.
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The Rathbones by Janice Clark