The Story of Land and Sea CD: A Novel

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Ten-year-old Tabitha wanders the marshes of her small coastal village and listens to her father's stories about his pirate voyages and the mother she never knew. Since the loss of his wife, Helen, John has remained land-bound, but when Tab contracts yellow fever, he takes her aboard a sloop bound for Bermuda, hoping the salt air will heal her.

Years before, Helen herself was raised by a widowed father. Asa, the devout owner of a small plantation, gives his daughter a young slave named Moll for her tenth birthday. Helen gradually takes over the running of the plantation, but when she meets John, the pirate turned Continental soldier, she flouts convention by falling in love. Moll, meanwhile, is forced into marriage with a stranger. Her only solace is her son, Davy, whom she will protect with a passion that defies the bounds of slavery.

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Tabitha loves wandering the marshes of her small coastal village and listening to stories about her father's pirate voyages before he became a Continental soldier during the Amer­ican Revolution. When Tab contracts yellow fever, her father, John, takes her aboard a sloop bound for Bermuda, hoping the adventure and salt air will heal her.

Years earlier, Tab's mother, Helen, is given a young slave named Moll for her tenth birthday. Left largely alone, the two develop a close but uneasy companionship. Over the years their paths diverge: Helen takes control of the family plantation, and Moll is forced into marriage. While Helen disobeys her father's wishes by falling in love with John, Moll's only solace is her son, whom she will protect with a passion that defies the bounds of slavery. This incandescent debut captures the singular love between parent and child, the devastation of love lost, and the desperate paths we travel in the name of renewal.

About the Author:

Katy Simpson Smith was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. She attended Mount Holyoke College and received a PhD in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars. She has been working as an adjunct professor at Tulane University and is the author of We Have Raised All of You: Motherhood in the South, 1750-1835. She lives in New Orleans.



Edoardo ballerini was nominated for a 2012 Audie Award for his recording of The Land of Laughs. He has also received four Earphones Awards from AudioFile Magazine. On screen, Edoardo is best known for his work in the television series The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire, and 24, as well as the films Dinner Rush and Romeo Must Die.

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