Before the Wind

Before the Wind

Book - 2016
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Growing up on the Puget Sound, the Johannssen family has sailing in their blood, but the oldest brother, Josh, is left puzzling over what caused his siblings to flee, one to Africa, the other to points unknown as a fugitive and pirate.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780307958983
Branch Call Number: FICTION Lynch, Jim
Characteristics: 290 pages ; 25 cm


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Oct 07, 2016

An intense undercurrent of family conflict set to a backdrop of the pacific northwest sailing community. A saga with sailboat racing intensity and heated family interactions that result in secrets coming to light.

ChristchurchLib May 15, 2016

The Johannssen family has always had sailing in their blood; Puget Sound has always been their playground. But something happened to split their family apart, and now Josh is the only one of three siblings left in Seattle -- and even he has managed to avoid the family sailing legacy. In a last-ditch effort to bring his splintered family back together, he refurbishes a classic sailboat built by his father and enters the biggest race in the area. With beautifully described details of sailing and Puget Sound itself, as well as fully realised characters, this tale of a dysfunctional family is "as bracing as salt spray during an autumn sail" (Publishers Weekly).


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