The Silver Boat [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Overview

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.


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Three middle-aged sisters gather to consider the fate of their family property on Martha's Vineyard.

How does one family cope with the trauma of losing a 15-acre seaside spread that has been theirs since Colonial times? Especially if they are descended from the Daggetts, one of the founding families of Martha's Vineyard? After their mother passes away, the McCarthy sisters, Dar, Delia and Rory, converge on Daggett's Way, their rustic vacation home, to pack up memorabilia. Daggett's Way is listed for sale because the sisters can afford neither to maintain it nor pay spiraling property taxes and inheritance taxes. There is an offer on the table from obnoxious buyers who plan to tear the historic place down and construct a vulgar facsimile of a French chateau, complete with indoor pool. Particularly hard hit by the prospect of losing her birthright is eldest daughter Dar, a graphic novelist whose manga altar ego Dulse can affect reality in ways Dar can't. As for her sisters, Delia's marriage is threatened by son Pete's meth addiction. Rory, mother of three, compulsively cyberstalks her ex, Jonathan, who left her for a younger woman. Years before, the sisters' father, Michael McCarthy, an Irish immigrant boat-builder who always felt threatened by his Daggett in-laws' wealth, disappeared after a solo voyage to Ireland aboard his hand-crafted sailing sloop. Dar recalls that her father had some crazy notion that in 1625 or so King Charles I had granted his family a tract of land within the Daggett parcel's boundaries. Not stopping to worry about how it's going to help them prove that they have an ancient title to land they already own, the sisters head off to Ireland, where they learn that Michael's madness was indeed methodical. Rich veins of conflict go unmined, and the most interesting characters are peripheral, including Harrison, a dispossessed Vineyardite who copes in a most original way with the loss of his own family fiefdom.

Errs on the side of the pat and predictable.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101476475
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/5/2011
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 83,976
  • File size: 428 KB

Meet the Author

Luanne Rice

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.

Biography

Luanne Rice is the New York Times- bestselling author who has inspired the devotion of readers everywhere with her moving novels of love and family. She has been hailed by critics for her unique gifts, which have been described as "a beautiful blend of love and humor, with a little magic thrown in."

Rice began her writing career in 1985 with her debut novel Angels All Over Town. Since then, she has gone on to pen a string of heartwarming bestsellers. Several of her books have been adapted for television, including Crazy in Love, Blue Moon, Follow the Stars Home, and Beach Girls.

Rice was born in New Britain, Connecticut, where her father sold typewriters and her mother, a writer and artist, taught English. Throughout her childhood, Rice spent winters in New Britain and summers by Long Island Sound in Old Lyme, where her mother would hold writing workshops for local children. Rice's talent emerged at a very young age, and her first short story was published in American Girl Magazinewhen she was 15.

Rice later attended Connecticut College, but dropped out when her father became very ill. At this point, she knew she wanted to be a writer. Instead of returning to college, Rice took on many odd jobs, including working as a cook and maid for an exalted Rhode Island family, as well as fishing on a scallop boat during winter storms. These life experiences not only cultivated the author's love and talent for writing, but shaped the common backdrops in her novels of family and relationships on the Eastern seaboard. A true storyteller with a unique ability to combine realism and romance, Rice continues to enthrall readers with her luminous stories of life's triumphs and challenges.

Good To Know

Some interesting outtakes from our interview with Luanne:

"I take guitar lessons."

  • "I was queen of the junior prom. Voted in, according to one high school friend I saw recently, as a joke because my date and I were so shy, everyone thought it would be hilarious to see us onstage with crowns on our heads. It was 1972, and the theme of the prom was Color My World. For some reason I told my guitar teacher that story, and he said Yeah, color my world with goat's blood."

  • "I shared a room with both sisters when we were little, and I felt sorry for kids who had their own rooms."

  • "To support myself while writing in the early days, I worked as a maid and cook in one of the mansions in Newport, Rhode Island. I'd learned to love to cook in high school, by taking French cooking from Sister Denise at the convent next door to the school. The family I worked for didn't like French cooking and preferred broiled meat, well done, and frozen vegetables. They were particular about the brand—they liked the kind with the enclosed sauce packet. My grandmother Mim, who'd always lived with us, had taken the ferry from Providence to Newport every weekend during her years working at the hosiery factory, so being in that city made me feel connected to her."

  • "I lived in Paris. The apartment was in the Eighth Arrondissement. Every morning I'd take my dog for a walk to buy the International Herald Tribune and have coffee at a café around the corner. Then I'd go upstairs to the top floor, where I'd converted one of the old servant's rooms into a writing room, and write. For breaks I'd walk along the Seine and study my French lesson. Days of museums, salons du thé, and wandering the city. Living in another country gave me a different perspective on the world. I'm glad I realized there's not just one way to see things.

    While living there, I found out my mother had a brain tumor. She came to Paris to stay with me and have chemotherapy at the American Hospital. She'd never been on a plane before that trip. In spite of her illness, she loved seeing Paris. I took her to London for a week, and as a teacher of English and a lover of Dickens, that was her high point.

    After she died, I returned to France and made a pilgrimage to the Camargue, in the South. It is a mystical landscape of marsh grass, wild bulls, and white horses. It is home to one of the largest nature sanctuaries in the world, and I saw countless species of birds. The town of Stes. Maries de la Mer is inspiring beyond words. Different cultures visit the mysterious Saint Sarah, and the presence of the faithful at the edge of the sea made me feel part of something huge and eternal. And all of it inspired my novel Light of the Moon."

  • "I dedicated a book to Bruce Springsteen. It's The Secret Hour, which at first glance isn't a novel you'd connect with him—the novel is about a woman whose sister might or might not have been taken by a serial killer. I wrote it during a time when I felt under siege, and I used those deeply personal feelings for my fiction. Bruce was touring and I was attending his shows with a good friend. The music and band and Bruce and my friend made me feel somehow accompanied and lightened as I went through that time and reached into those dark places.

    During that period I also wrote two linked books—Summer's Childand Summer of Roses. They deal with the harsh reality of domestic violence and follow The Secret Hour and The Perfect Summer When I look back at those books, that time of my life, I see myself as a brave person. Instead of hiding from painful truths, I tried to explore and bring them to the light through my fiction. During that period, I met amazing women and became involved with trying to help families affected by abuse—in particular, a group near my small town in Connecticut, and Deborah Epstein's domestic violence clinic at Georgetown University Law Center. I learned that emotional abuse leaves no overt outward scars, but wounds deeply, in ways that take a long time to heal. A counselor recommended The Verbally Abusive Relationshipby Patricia Evans. It is life-changing, and I have given it to many women over the years."

  • "I became a vegetarian. I decided that, having been affected by brutality, I wanted only gentleness and peace in my life. Having experienced fear, I knew I could never willingly inflict harm or fear on another creature. All is related. A friend reminds me of a great quote in the Zen tradition: "How you do anything is how you do everything."
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      1. Date of Birth:
        September 25, 1955
      2. Place of Birth:
        New Britain, CT

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    • Anonymous

      Posted June 11, 2013

      !

      Another book ruined by harriet klausner and her excessive plot spoilers. Please bn, delete her excessive posts and ban her plot spoilers, please! She ruins absolutely every book she lays hands on. Get rid of her, please!

      8 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted July 3, 2011

      Disappointing

      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.

      5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted April 8, 2011

      Great story of sisters

      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.

      4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted June 11, 2013

      Sandcastles

      Seems like her other novel, Sandcastles....

      2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 25, 2013

      Nice Story

      A nice story. Enjoyed reading the book, but definitely not a page-turner nor great for book club discussion.

      2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 20, 2012

      Not her best someth Not the same A struggle to read

      Very disappointing - i agree characters hard to warm up to and difficult to follow - just did not flow. I have read all her books and enjoyed the familiar characters and themes however something changed her direction and this book fell flat. I have gone back to find old ones that i may have missed - I hope Ms. Rice returns from wherever she went!!

      2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 3, 2011

      Disjointed and underdeveloped.

      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.

      2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted August 2, 2011

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      Good Read

      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.

      2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted April 16, 2011

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      This is an entertaining family drama as readers see the sadness of the three sisters who must give up their long time family heritage

      memories. They can track their roots to the Massachusetts colony as their ancestors were one of the first families to settle here. However, with mom's death and the trio living far away and unable to keep the place as a vacation site, they know they must sell.

      Thus the McCarthy siblings (Dar, Delia and Rory) come to Daggett's Way with sadness in their hearts. Adding to the despondency is the only offer comes from insufferable boors who plan to tear Dagget's Way down and replace it with a despicable reproduction of a French chateau. Dar the manga graphic novelist wishes she had the power of her comic book heroine. Delia has other issues as she struggles with her son's meth addiction that is also killing her relationship with her husband; reminding her of her Irish father Michael who vanished at sea years ago while insisting King Charles I gave his ancestors land within the Daggett acres.

      This is an entertaining family drama as readers see the sadness of the three sisters who must give up their long time family heritage. The story line is insightful when the tale remains anchored on Martha's Vineyard profoundly studying the impact of the loss of something sacred (not just the sisters as another character has confronted the same loss). When the siblings chase after an inane dream that even if they succeed accomplishes nothing, the plot loses its plausibility though one could argue this is a coping defense mechanism. Overall readers will enjoy the McCarthy sisters learning you truly cannot go home no matter how much you wish otherwise.

      Harriet Klausner

      2 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted July 5, 2013

      Ok if you like chick books. No real suspense.

      Pretty basic, No suspense. Most likely would not buy again.

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted October 19, 2013

      Primwisp's story chapter two

      The moon shines through the nursery, waking Primkit from her sleep. Streching she pads out to the clearing seeing Lionpaw, Tadpolepaw, Frogpaw, Rosepaw and Bumblepaw playing mossball; pading up to them she mews. "May I please play?"<br>
      Bumblepaw catches the mossball, turning to Primkit he purrs. "Sur-"<br>
      "No." Tadpolepaw meows cutting Bumblepaw off. "You're not an apprentice besides you always toss the moss so fast. Sho."<br>
      "But, i will not." Primkit protests. Lionpaw and Bumblepaw nod.<br>
      "Just go." Tadpolepaw and Frogpaw growl showing their teeth.<br>
      Primkit shrinks back turning around hanging her head she pads away ; Bluejay pads out of the nursery carrieing moss over to the warriors den. Ignoring her Primkit sees a stick. Crouching down she prowls forward slowly and lightly, once a tail length away she leaps landing on the stick rolling over she bites it and growls. Bubmlepaw pads over. "Hi."<br>
      "What do you want?"<br>
      "I just wanted to know how are you handiling.....ummm."<br>
      "Yes i'm ok."

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    • Posted October 10, 2013

      Page turner

      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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    • Posted September 9, 2013

      Read

      This book started off a little slow for me but it did pick up and I liked the ending story.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted September 5, 2013

      A nice story.

      This was a simple but enjoyable story. Great for a quick read over a weekend.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted July 13, 2013

      Graphic Sex

      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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    • Anonymous

      Posted July 5, 2013

      Highly recommended

      Easy summer reading. Don't want to put this book down. Always enjoy books by Luanne Rice.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted June 26, 2013

      Lost...

      Why are the kis leaving camp and catching fish...

      0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted June 25, 2013

      Silverfeathers destiny part 3

      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!)

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    • Anonymous

      Posted June 18, 2013

      Interesting story and descriptive of the locales involved. I lo

      Interesting story and descriptive of the locales involved. I loved it.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted June 12, 2013

      Awesome

      By morgan welch

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