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The Longshoremen: Life on the Waterfront

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These three, inter-related stories describe the lives of three generations of the McGowan family and their personal battles to make a living by working on the Boston waterfront. The common thread that runs through them is the challenges presented by the shape-up or pick-up system, a procedure that was archaic and rife with favoritism and was the sole determining factor whether you received a salary that day.

At a young age, Jim McGowan goes to work as a longshoreman not knowing ...

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Overview

These three, inter-related stories describe the lives of three generations of the McGowan family and their personal battles to make a living by working on the Boston waterfront. The common thread that runs through them is the challenges presented by the shape-up or pick-up system, a procedure that was archaic and rife with favoritism and was the sole determining factor whether you received a salary that day.

At a young age, Jim McGowan goes to work as a longshoreman not knowing one end of a ship from the other. Fighting alcoholism, bad companions and family hardship, he strives to make a decent living for his family.

Jim's uncle Owen is an immigrant from Ireland in 1920 who finds work on the docks, one of the few jobs available to him. Working alongside veteran longshoremen, he decides to become part of the political establishment in order to improve the working conditions on the docks. Owen's cousin Mike is a seasoned dock worker, content with his life but wanting something better for his children.

The Longshoremen details the working conditions and challenges of working on the Boston waterfront and is based on the real-life experiences of longshoreman, author Jim Lynch.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781491741177
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/25/2014
  • Pages: 314
  • Sales rank: 1,020,401
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Lynch
Jim Lynch
The winner of several prestigious national journalism awards and author of many acclaimed works of short fiction, Jim Lynch spent four years as a reporter for the Oregonian covering the Puget Sound -- the fascinating marine setting of his debut novel, The Highest Tide.

Biography

Jim Lynch has won national journalism awards and published short fiction in literary magazines, and he spent four years as the Puget Sound reporter for the Oregonian. A Washington State native, Lynch currently writes and sails from his home in Olympia, where he lives with his wife and daughter. The Highest Tide is his first novel.

Author biography courtesy of Bloomsbury USA.

Good To Know

In our interview, Lynch shared some fun facts about himself:

"As a twenty year old, I spent a summer as a maid changing beds at the Old Faithful Inn in Yellowstone National Park so that I could climb the Tetons on my days off."

"My only stint in jail was the result of jaywalking."

"I'm pretty short, but I've run into more than my share of ceiling fans."

"I love to sail, even when there's no wind."

"I've got an irrational allegiance to the Seattle Sonics basketball team."

"I love to hike with my wife in the rain and watch comedies with my 12-year-old daughter."

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    1. Hometown:
      Olympia, Washington
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 3, 1961
    2. Place of Birth:
      Seattle, Washington
    1. Education:
      B.A.s in English and Journalism, 1985
    2. Website:

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