Of Sea and Cloud

By Jon Keller

Nicolas Graves raised his sons to be lobstermen. invoice and Joshua (known as Jonah) Graves grew up aboard their father's boat--the Cinderella--learning the foundations and rites of the antiquated enterprise they love. but if their father is misplaced at sea and the cost of lobster crashes around the globe, invoice and Jonah needs to come to a decision how a lot they're prepared to threat for his or her kin legacy.

Standing opposed to them is Osmond Randolph--former Calvinist minister, mystic, captain of the Sanctity, and their father's company companion for greater than two decades. with his grandson and inheritor, Julius, Osmond is decided to push the Graves family members out in their lobster pound, whatever the expense or the consequences.

Praise for Of Sea and Cloud:

"Exquisitely well-written, relentlessly compelling, this tale of fathers and sons and enthusiasts, of affection and greed and betrayal, elevates the determined lives of lobstermen into Shakespearean tragedy. This novel set its hooks quick, and held me rapt till the brutal, appealing, finish. Of Sea and Cloud is undying drama of the top order, either exciting and clever, and Jon Keller is a rare new voice in fiction." --Alan Heathcock, award-winning writer of Volt

". . . darkish, poetic, and at turns terrifying. Set opposed to the cruel Maine coast, it tells the tale of a humans inextricably attached to their land, and of what occurs whilst that land is threatened. eventually, this can be a novel approximately love in all its varieties and failures." --Abi Maxwell, writer of Lake People

"A bleak and gorgeous tale of a relatives of fog-shrouded lobstermen stuck within the heavy vice of switch, instructed in a voice that's half Dennis Lehane, half Melville, half Homer, and all Jon Keller. The book's darkish mystic, Osmond Randolph, will hang-out me for weeks to come." --Christian Kiefer, writer of The endless Tides

"Of Sea and Cloud is a extraordinary learn, a primary novel that captures a blood and breath drama that's either gripping and evocative." --Debra Magpie Earling, writer of Perma Red

"With measured and strong prose, Jon Keller writes a undying tale of manhood, loss and the bonds of family." --Chris Offutt, writer of No Heroes: A Memoir of Coming Home

". . . a bone-chilling tale of brotherhood, belief, and betrayal. It belongs within the canon of significant American maritime novels along Hemingway and Melville." --Tyler McMahon, writer of How the blunders have been Made and Kilometer 99

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I’m so sorry, invoice. I bought to get the entire pound forms. and that i may have to get a attorney down the following. I don’t recognize, yet I ain’t retreating of the previous man’s pound. Is it the source of revenue you would like? We’ll be high-quality with out the pound, invoice. i do know it. yet I’m gonna have it. I seize sufficient at the boat, invoice acknowledged and as he spoke it dawned on him that they can have known as the police. He and Jonah had no half within the pound. they can have tired it and allow Osmond care for the fallout. There might have been a true police research however it was once a long way too past due for that now and he and Jonah and Virgil have been those who had made it too past due.

Ain’t you gonna pay for that, she acknowledged and became so purple that he needed to smile. She sponsored away as he approached her and while she’d sponsored opposed to the wall her eyes darkened. She held her elbows out as he hugged her and he or she grew to become her cheek while he attempted to kiss her. I do love you, he stated. You greater love me. You’re a baboon approximately it although. She watched him in silence as he dragged six extra trays around the room and dumped them onto the scow. He grabbed a shovel from the wall and acknowledged, Come on down. He climbed down the wood ladder to the scow.

They’re sturdy too. He ate mussel after mussel and the shells clinked within the shell bowl every time he threw one. Ain’t you consuming? now not now, she stated. I ain’t hungry now as a result of the child. Everything’s because of the baby. Erma Lee neglected him. You consume. I rejoiced making all of it. enjoyable cooking. I couldn’t stand simply sitting round the residence. It weren’t sitting to make that. i do know you weren’t sitting, invoice stated. no longer doing not anything is how I intended it. You suggest cooking for you ain’t doing not anything, invoice? I’m gonna learn how to prepare dinner sturdy like Celeste.

Him what? performed what? • • • invoice didn’t converse for a very long time. His jaw muscle tissues labored. He lit a cigarette and smoked 1/2 it and the smoke lingered approximately his head. He acknowledged, Virgil’s fucking nuts, Jonah, yet I preserve considering might be he’s correct approximately Osmond. Don’t you think that? What if he's? Jonah? • • • That evening Jonah slept on Bill’s sofa. He dreamed of his father floating in a flat calm sea together with his hands at his facets. Nicolas used to be emaciated yet pumped with small and tight muscle groups the dimensions of scallops. His veins rose into blue swollen tracks.

Come upstairs. we will speak there. They Jason up the steel stairway. Daniel went again to front table. Osmond and Julius sat part by means of facet at the leather-based sofa and Jason poured sake for either one of them and one for himself then sat at his table. How was once your force? nice, acknowledged Osmond. we've got much to speak about, Jason acknowledged. He held his glass within the air and tipped it towards them then drank. Like what? acknowledged Julius. Jason smiled. I heard you have been the ornery one. I ain’t ornery. Jason smiled greater. No, i used to be incorrect, he acknowledged.

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