Book Description

Door in Dark Water by P. D. Callahan

The Indie Book of the Day for 31st of October, 2014!

Genre: Non Fiction, Memoir

P.D. Callahan, a college boy from the suburbs of Boston jumps straight into the hardscrabble world of Maine herring fishing in 1972. As he dives deep into the darkness and cruelty of fishing to make money, he realizes that he has walked through a secret doorway, a portal to another reality, a place where knowledge stems from the physical world, the corrosive and creative force of the sea, the emotional act of catching something alive and selling it for food and money, and living to the next day and the next day.

But tension strains his recent marriage as his girlfriend-turned-wife struggles with the harshness of their everyday existence. The shared burden of building a house with their own hands, and her job teaching art to 550 students from their dilapidated car, combine to sap her spirit and leave her with little or no energy to create her own art—the paintings that sustain her. Frustrated with harshness of survival and the strictures of small town life, she begins to look elsewhere.

At the core of this riveting narrative are the hilarious, and often terrifying, real events which teach this boy-becoming-man about the limits of endurance, love, and the difference between real and imagined fears.

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Book Insight

  • File Size: 15192 KB
  • Print Length: 262 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0966560922
  • Publisher: Nightwood Press (May 27, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KMDQ8MY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled 
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled 
  • Lending: Not Enabled

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In 1972, P. D. Callahan graduated from Hampshire College and drove directly to Maine to visit a friend. Ten years later he was still there working on the water, winter and summer, as a commercial herring fisherman. Callahan’s crazy unplanned career is the subject of DOOR IN DARK WATER, a memoir of the people he loved, their collective moments of terror and temporary stardom, and a culture long since lost.

P. D. Callahan now lives outside of Boston, Massachusetts and has published several short works in literary magazines.

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