The Silver Boat: A Novel

The Silver Boat: A Novel

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by Luanne Rice
     
 

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From New York Times bestselling author Luanne Rice, a moving family story that "will strike a chord in every mother, daughter, or sister" (Marie Claire)

In The Silver Boat, New York Times bestselling author Luanne Rice has written a heart-wrenching yet heartwarming portrait of a family in all its flawed complexity. The

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From New York Times bestselling author Luanne Rice, a moving family story that "will strike a chord in every mother, daughter, or sister" (Marie Claire)

In The Silver Boat, New York Times bestselling author Luanne Rice has written a heart-wrenching yet heartwarming portrait of a family in all its flawed complexity. The McCarthy sisters have come to Martha's Vineyard to say good-bye to their family's beach house—the place they were happiest together. Each has her own complicated issues and is struggling with the difficult process of letting go, but when a cache of old letters spurs them to visit Ireland, each woman comes to see herself in a new light. True-to-life sisters, the beach, laughter, and passionate love—The Silver Boat is Luanne Rice at her very best.

Editorial Reviews

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Praise for THE SILVER BOAT:

“Will strike a chord in every mother, daughter, or sister.”

Marie Claire

“Popular Rice, in her mellifluous style, captures the essence of family and sisterhood as each character deals with love and loss.”

Booklist

“Rice’s writing effortlessly conveys the way family can bind as well as buoy us, reminding us that when the sea of life gets too choppy, by setting our prows toward the places that made us, we will find a safe harbor. Another winner from one of America’s most beloved authors.”

BookPage

“Rice enriches familiar themes of family, failure, redemption, and romance with a watercolor-lovely portrait of Martha's Vineyard and sketches of the tug-of-war between sea and sand, rich and poor, development and preservation characteristic of the island.”

Publishers Weekly

“Compelling . . . a satisfying and worthwhile ride.”

Library Journal

Library Journal
Best-selling contemporary women's fiction author Rice (Last Kiss) returns to publisher Pamela Dorman for her latest family drama, a story about three sisters and their personal struggles, their beloved summer family home, and unanswered questions about their long-departed father. Darrah, Delia, and Rory meet to pack up the Martha's Vineyard house they cannot afford to keep and decide to set off on a mission to Ireland to try to find out what happened to their father. But when they return home to face the future, they unexpectedly discover they want different things. Rice's story lines are compelling, and to her credit, she doesn't sugarcoat the unpleasant things people and families sometimes go through. However, depending on your point of view, her descriptive writing style is either leisurely or meandering. While some readers may savor the poetic imagery, others may grow impatient with it. VERDICT This novel is a satisfying and worthwhile ride if you don't mind taking the scenic route. [Ten-city author tour.]—Samantha J. Gust, Niagara Univ. Lib., NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780143121039
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/29/2012
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
617,016
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
Praise for THE SILVER BOAT:

“Will strike a chord in every mother, daughter, or sister.”
Marie Claire

“Popular Rice, in her mellifluous style, captures the essence of family and sisterhood as each character deals with love and loss.”
Booklist

“Rice’s writing effortlessly conveys the way family can bind as well as buoy us, reminding us that when the sea of life gets too choppy, by setting our prows toward the places that made us, we will find a safe harbor. Another winner from one of America’s most beloved authors.”
BookPage

“Rice enriches familiar themes of family, failure, redemption, and romance with a watercolor-lovely portrait of Martha's Vineyard and sketches of the tug-of-war between sea and sand, rich and poor, development and preservation characteristic of the island.”
Publishers Weekly

“Compelling . . . a satisfying and worthwhile ride.”
Library Journal

Meet the Author

Luanne Rice is the author of thirty-one novels, twenty-two of which have been New York Times bestsellers. Her recent novels include The Lemon Orchard, Little Night, and The Silver Boat. A native of Connecticut, she currently resides in New York City.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
September 25, 1955
Place of Birth:
New Britain, CT

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The Silver Boat 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 73 reviews.
Jennifer_R More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this book and liked it a lot. The story is sad at times but it's also warm and reflects the different personalities and motives of three sisters who are very different but share a common bond beyond the norm. I have two sisters and I will be sharing this book with them.
Hyacinthe More than 1 year ago
I 've read and/or own all of Luanne Rice's books because I love the characters she creates. But, this book was disappointing. The character were too familiar. As I was reading, i realized rhat i had met rhesr people before. Oh, they had other names and lived in other rowns or states, but they were srill recognizable. The beloved rich or eccentric grandmother, the friends or sisters who had idylic childhoods at the beach, I'd mer them all before. I've loved rhem until this book, in which I felt they overstayed rheir welcome.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seems like her other novel, Sandcastles....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A nice story. Enjoyed reading the book, but definitely not a page-turner nor great for book club discussion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book read like an outline for a chick flick movie. The characters were boring, and the plot was predictable. The ending was telegraphed from the first few chapters. No depth of character, and the writing seemed as if it came from a star pupil in a high school senior lit class, with a kid's view of romance and living happily forever after. The continued interruptions from the cartoon character created by one of the sisters was totally unnecessary and really dragged down the pace. None of the main characters were interesting, or fully developed; certainly the minor characters weren't.
ILgirl07 More than 1 year ago
Luanne Rice at her best - telling stories about families, heartbreak, trust, and believing in yourself. Good family drama. Recommended for fans of Rice's writing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love Luanne Rice, but this one fell short. Disappointed
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janice8299 More than 1 year ago
This was the first Luanne Rice book I read. The plot had plenty of twists and turns to keep you interested. I've shared it with other Nook users. Looking forward to reading another book by this author.
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banker247 More than 1 year ago
This book started off a little slow for me but it did pick up and I liked the ending story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a simple but enjoyable story. Great for a quick read over a weekend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was interesting until I had to plow through a VERY graphic sexual encounter scene. This book was on a recommended list of authors similar to Jan Karon. NOT!!!!
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Easy summer reading. Don't want to put this book down. Always enjoy books by Luanne Rice.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty basic, No suspense. Most likely would not buy again.
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Chirpkit and Lunakit padded side-by-side. Lavakit and Silverkit did the same. As they reached the river, Lunakit took the lead. Silverkit glimpsed Drizzlefur and Fallclaws washing off with Graykit. Graykit was adding to his pile of trout. "Where's the gathering tommorow night?" Asked Lunakit. "Over there." Fallclaws nodded his head to a high gorge with a cliff above it and a sandy ravine on the other side. Graykit jumped out of the water and shakes droplets of water off his pelt. Silverkit followed Twitchkit up a hillside. She watched as Graykit spun in midair and landed in the river below. Strong pads brought him to the shore. Graykit got back behind Lunakit. Chirpkit leaped off the hillside, and did a head-first dive into the current. Finally,Lavakit's turn arrived. He spun and splashed the water. Lunakit pushed Silverkit forward. Lavakit sent ripples flying, and swam strongly to the side. Silverkit felt hotness on her pelt. The sun shone bright. Silverkit leaped. She landed headfirst,startling a carp. She swam away and glanced at a burning gleam of sun. Lunakit jumped,and landed,paws churning wildly,in the water. Lunakit jumped awkwardly away,clumsily smashing into Graykit. The kits got out. As they were heading back to camp,Drizzlefur was telling stories. "There were three ancient Clans in the forest long ago; TearClan,SpiderClan,and DucklingClan. The Clans hated each other,but there were three friends rising among them; Heavefoot from TearClan,Haylimb from SpiderClan,and Dripfeather of DucklingClan. These cats made a strong,spiritful relationship. Then one day Haylimb brought his sister Airleg with him." All the kits gasped. "Airleg and Heavefoot fell in love." Drizzlefur paused. "Haylimb was suprised. Very. So he killed Heavefoot to protect his sister. But she jumped off a cliff to be with him. Today the warrior code shows that gatherings are the only times to be friends with other-clan cats." Fallclaws padded alongside Lunakit. "Lets get to the sycmore." Soon evrey cat was asleep. Silverkit closed her eyes and dreamed she was Airfur. (Tell me your favorite Ancient Clan i made up!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting story and descriptive of the locales involved. I loved it.
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