The Rathbones

The Rathbones

by Janice Clark
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The Rathbones by Janice Clark

Mercy, fifteen years old, is the last of the Rathbone whaling clan. Her father has been lost at sea for nearly ten years—ever since the last sperm whale was seen off the coast of Connecticut. As Mercy’s memories of her father grow dimmer with each passing day, she spends more of her time in the attic hideaway of her reclusive cousin Mordecai. But when a strange and threatening visitor turns up one night, Mercy and Mordecai are forced to flee and set sail on a journey that will bring them deep into the haunted history of the Rathbone family.

From the depths of the sea to the lonely heights of the widow’s walk; from the wisdom of the worn Rathbone wives to the mysterious origins of a sinking island, Mercy and Mordecai’s enchanting journey will bring them to places they never imagined possible.

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ISBN-13: 9780345803610
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/06/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 1,261,264
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Janice Clark is a writer and designer living in Chicago. She grew up in Mystic, Connecticut (land of whaling and pizza) and has lived in Montreal, Kansas City, San Francisco, and New York, where she earned an MFA in writing at NYU. Her short fiction has appeared in Pindeldyboz and The Nebraska Review, and her design work is represented in the Museum of Modern Art. The Rathbones, which she also illustrated, is her first novel.

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The Rathbones 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this novel. It had everything I appreciate in good fiction.....a good old, well told story.
Anonymous 9 months ago
This novel is an epic, a myth, a family history and a mystery. It is at times funny, sad, suspenseful, quirky, confusing, and ridiculous; it is chock full of New England whaling lore. The story of the rise and fall of the Rathbone family resembles a Greek epic. Three and a half stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I understand the necessity for atmospheric novels in our literary history. However, as a contemporary reader, I think that the era of describing one's characters' feelings with vivid descriptions of sunlight and weather is over. I leapt into this novel about a girl's quest for her origins set amidst a history of the whaling industry, expecting something deeper, more internal, more intriguing. To me, The Rathbones is like a grand ship, gilt but hollow, floating on the surface of a potentially more exquisite story. Alas, I was more interested in the whale beneath, and did not find her here.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago