Item description for Sea Room by Norman G. Gautreau...
Set during and immediately following World War II, Sea Room tells the story of three generations of lobstermen and the rich lives they have built on the rugged coast of Maine. The Dupuy family, French Canadians who have made the Acadian Coast their home, live lives of quiet honor and warm simplicity.
Until the war ravages their peaceful existence.
This is the story of how one generation reaches across to the next and offers enough love and hope to make living worthwhile again. It is about holding on to a dream---in this case building a fine sailboat---in order to hold on to love. By pursuing their dream, the Dupuys learn that those they have lost really do live on.
This is also the coming of age story of young Jordi Dupuy, who, by following the code of honor passed down by his grandfather and father, chooses to live a life of integrity---even if it means facing a charge of murder.
And, finally, this is about finding sea room---the freedom that only comes when one is pushed to the limits of adversity and chooses hope when despair seems the only option.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.2" Width: 6.5" Height: 1.16" Weight: 1.39 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2002
ISBN 1931561079 ISBN13 9781931561075
Availability 0 units.
More About Norman G. Gautreau
Gautreau, as a management consultant and public speaking coach, left the business world to pursue his writing career. Today he writes full time, with his wife as a loving, but tough editor.
Norman G. Gautreau currently resides in wakefield, in the state of Massachusetts. Norman G. Gautreau was born in 1941.
Promising, slowing, and then disappointing Aug 13, 2003
Started off beautifully written, but characters a bit too one dimensional--more characters and less boatmaking description would've been better in my opinion. Ends with a cop-out court drama that just became too unbearable to finish. I really wanted to like this book but felt the ending was disappointing. Court cases: ho-hum. I could watch Matlock or read John Grisham if I needed another dose of courtroom climax. But the writing is superb and unique, thus he gets 3 stars...a writer to watch and who I believe will increase in talent and skill.
An engaging and original story of bitter truths Oct 9, 2002
Norman G. Gautreau's debut novel Sea Room takes place during and after the devastation of World War II. The Dupuys are simple family living on the Maine seacoast must bid farewell Gil Dupuy, a passionate young man who enlists to serve his country, while his wife, son, and parents pull together on the home front. Sea Room is very highly recommended as an engaging and original story of bitter truths, hanging on despite increasingly harsh conditions, and holding on to hope and dreams in the wake of despair.
A Great Read Jul 9, 2002
I agree with the earlier reviews. Beautifully written, a very well woven plot line, and the exquisite simplicity of true "Downeaster" philosophy and ethics.
My only minor complaint is that while his descriptive passages are beautiful, I sometimes got the feeling that he was "trying too hard" and heading a little toward "verbal gymnastics". As I said, this is only a "minor" point.
Well worth reading, and a phenomenal first novel by a gifted writer. I will be awaiting his next effort.
In a special class Jun 10, 2002
The cover is so beautiful, it gives you an idea that this book is above the ordinary, and it is!
It's a story about 3 generations (the Dupuy's) of a fishing family who live and work on the coast of Maine. When Pearl Harbor is bombed, everything changes for the family. Gil leaves for the war and the family is left to wait and pray for his return.
The writing is beautiful as it describes the landscape, the sea, and each member of the family. They all are vividly portrayed and come to life.
If made into a movie, it would be comparable to "Snow Falling on Cedars". It would be a great movie and is a book well worth anyone's time.
Intensive and Caring Family May 30, 2002
This was one of the most interesting books I have read, and I read a lot. We are taken into a Maine seafaring family and share their secrets, loves,prayers and sit at the table for meals. The descriptions of the townspeople, friends, family and others is so complete that you feel that you know them well. Of special interest to boating enthusiasts (which I am not) but exceptionally well written by Mr. Gauthreau in his debut novel. See for yourself!