Elizabeth Gilbert is the author of a story collection, Pilgrims (a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award), a novel, Stern Men, and, most recently, The Last American Man, a finalist for the National Book Award in Nonfiction and the National Book Critics Cir
A sly picaresque about a young woman who single-handedly ends a generations-long feud between two remote islands off
the coast of Maine.
Ruth Thomas's parents—her lobsterman father and New England sort-of aristocrat mother—separated when she was a child.
Largely ignored but adored by her gruff father, Ruth is sent off to boarding school, but she still spends her summers and
vacations happily adrift among the oddball characters of Fort Niles Island. Read full book review >
A fine first collection of 12 stories that are richly varied in setting and content, and enlivened by their author's flair for vigorous dialogue and concise summary statement. Gilbert's tales are ostensibly linked by the metaphor indicated by her book's title (and underscored by her use as epigraph of the opening lines of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales). Read full book review >