Sea Wife

Sea Wife

For readers of Meg Wolitzer, Lionel Shriver, Kate Atkinson, and Jennifer Egan. From the highly acclaimed author of Schroder, a smart, sophisticated literary page turner about a young family who escape suburbia for a year-long sailing trip that upends all of their lives

Juliet is failing to juggle motherhood and her anemic dissertation when her husband, Michael, informs her that he wants to leave his job and buy a sailboat. The couple are novice sailors, but Michael persuades Juliet to say yes. With their two kids—Sybil, age seven, and George, age two, Juliet and Michael set off for Panama, where their forty-four-foot sailboat awaits them—a boat that Michael has christened the Juliet.

The initial result is transformative: their marriage is given a gust of energy, and even the children are affected by the beauty and wonderful vertigo of travel. The sea challenges them all—and most of all, Juliet, who suffers from postpartum depression.

Sea Wife is told in gripping dual perspectives: Juliet’s first-person narration, after the journey, as she struggles to come to terms with the dire, life-changing events that unfolded at sea; and Michael’s captain’s log—that provides a riveting, slow-motion account of those same inexorable events.

Exuberant, harrowing, witty, and exquisitely written, Sea Wife is impossible to put down. A wholly original take on one of our oldest stories—survival at sea—it also asks a pertinent question for our polarized political moment: How does a crew with deep philosophical differences and outmoded gender roles bring a ship safely to shore?

Title:Sea Wife
ISBN:9780525656500
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    Sea Wife Reviews

  • Wendy Cosin

    Sea Wife is a really good story, well told. Michael and Juliet leave suburban life and go sailing for a year with their two young children. Told mostly by Juliet, the story shifts between daily life b...

  • Amy

    Sea Wife by Amity Gage is the story of a marriage, and a family, and an adventure. It is a story about depression, and the lasting repercussions of childhood trauma. It is also a story about the impor...

  • Audrey

    Compelling and lyrical, watching this marriage ebb and flow and its continued gradual disintegration was kind of like watching a slow moving accident. I couldnt avert my eyes and I could do anything t...

  • Mickie

    Never would have picked this up normally and so glad I did. A truly thrilling ride, expertly weaving thoughts of husband and wife to tell the story of a difficult love and marriage, in the most fantas...

  • James Beggarly

    Wonderful book about a couple with a rocky marriage taking a year out of their lifes to sail a boat around the Caribbean with their two small children. The story is told by the wife as she looks back ...

  • Megan Tristao

    First, let me acknowledge that I probably enjoyed this book more than the average reader because I'm currently living that gap-year life. So many parts of the book, especially parts from the husband's...

  • Emily

    I love a portrait of a complicated marriage and this one had the bonus of appealing to both my inner daydreamer (lets quit our jobs and travel around the world for a year!!) and my inner pragmatist (t...

  • Janet

    When it is snowy and cold outside (and my car is buried under 2ft of ❄ ), superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book and many more today. LOLI requested and r...

  • Dkbbookgirl

    Life for a family of 4 on a sail boat...

  • Rachel

    Sea Wife by Amity Gaige is a glimpse into a real, flawed, complicated human relationship and marriage. The novel narrates between Juliet and Michael, Juliet through narrative looking back on a voyage ...