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By the sea in Southern Maine, Warren Hudson is told his life is going to end. For the past several years, lobster fisherman Warren has lived a reclusive life, barely holding on to his bitter, loveless marriage of convenience, but as an aggressive cancer rapidly swallows his body, he finds himself questioning the life he has chosen. More determined than ever to heal relationships destroyed by jealousy, possessiveness, and rejection, Warren reaches out to his wife and daughter, grasping at a last-minute attempt to ...
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Harbor Lights

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Overview

By the sea in Southern Maine, Warren Hudson is told his life is going to end. For the past several years, lobster fisherman Warren has lived a reclusive life, barely holding on to his bitter, loveless marriage of convenience, but as an aggressive cancer rapidly swallows his body, he finds himself questioning the life he has chosen. More determined than ever to heal relationships destroyed by jealousy, possessiveness, and rejection, Warren reaches out to his wife and daughter, grasping at a last-minute attempt to make peace and build a family. But truths and feelings long ignored suddenly surface, and with it, violent rage. Written with a gritty, non-sentimental realism, Harbor Lights tells the captivating story of the final weeks of a man’s life as he comes to terms with the personal demons that have haunted him since his marriage went awry.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Though sensitively and intelligently composed, Weesner's story of a terminally ill Maine lobsterman who seeks to rectify a life gone wrong is finally stifled by its gloomy premise. Warren Hudon has been diagnosed with a particularly deadly form of cancer and has only a short time to live. He has accumulated very little in his 57 years, but he must quickly dispense with his meager belongings and decide how best to take leave of his family. His marriage is a sham: although he and his wife, Beatrice, live under the same roof, she has openly been carrying on an affair with Senator Virgil Pound for years, and she and Warren barely speak. Warren's daughter Marian works in the department store her mother runs, and she has taken her mother's side in the family split. It is only as the novel nears its end that she begins to reconsider Warren's position--but by then it is too late. Deep down, Warren still hopes for reconciliation with Beatrice, but when he realizes their marriage never had a chance, he chooses to settle his accounts on earth with a stupidly violent act that only drives him further away from redemption. As Warren, Beatrice, Marian and Virgil take turns telling the story, their distinctive voices--from Warren's mournful tones to Beatrice's subtle blend of ambition, power and rage--poignantly express the dynamics of their relationships. At times, the novel sings with a poetic simplicity that recalls Russell Banks or Carolyn Chute. It falters, however, when Weesner (author of the praised The Car Thief) eschews showing for telling, and when Warren's morbid outlook grows so relentless that it strains belief. (Feb.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
This is a beautifully written, harrowing novel about a marriage gone terribly wrong. Set in southern Maine, the novel features protagonist Warren Hudson, a lobster fisherman who continues to live in a loveless, bitter marriage of convenience, hoping that he and his wife of over 35 years may some day reconcile. Blinded by desperate love and irrational hope, Warren cannot see that his wife, Beatrice, is hopelessly lost to him. Beatrice has openly conducted a 30-year affair with a powerful, handsome married man, Sen. Virgil Pound. She has only stayed with Warren to preserve Virgil's public reputation and political viability. This is a powerful novel about agonizing choices and heartbreaking truths that vividly dramatizes the consequences of not courageously and honestly facing those truths. Enthusiastically recommended for all libraries.--Patrick Sullivan, Manchester Community Coll., CT Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781941286845
  • Publisher: Astor + Blue Editions, LLC
  • Publication date: 2/1/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 150
  • Sales rank: 546,132
  • File size: 737 KB

Meet the Author

THEODORE WEESNER, born in Flint, Michigan, is aptly described as a ''writers' writer'' by the larger literary community. His short works have been published in the New Yorker, Esquire, the Saturday Evening Post, the Atlantic, and Best American Short Stories. His novels -- including The True Detective, Winning the City, and Harbor Lights -- have been published to great critical acclaim in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Harper's, the Boston Globe, USA Today, the Chicago Tribune, Boston magazine, and the Los Angeles Times, to name a few. He lives and works in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2007

    Accidentally Found a real gem

    I had accidentally found this book about 6 years ago while doing a search under Commercial Fishing, or something similar, at my local library. I thought the book sounded interesting so decided to check it out. I absolutely loved it and recently decided I would like to read it again. One problem I could not remember the title or author. I had an idea of what the title may be or some words that may be in it. I searched for about 2 hours total, using combinations of different words until finally... tonight, I came across it. I went to my library website and reserved it. I can't wait to go there tomorrow and tell them that I finally found it & pick it up.

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