Declan O Donnell has sailed out of Oregon and deep into the vast, wild ocean, having finally had enough of other people and their problems. He will go it alone, he will be his own country, he will be beholden to and beloved of no one. No man is an island, my butt, he thinks. I am that very man . . .
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Brian Doyle is the author of The Plover, Grace Notes, Cat's Foot, and many other books. His work has appeared in the annual Best American Essays, Best American Science and Nature Writing, and Best American Spiritual Writing anthologies. His many honors include three Pushcart Prizes and Foreword Reviews's Book of the Year Award.
David Drummond has narrated over seventy audiobooks for Tantor, in genres ranging from current political commentary to historical nonfiction, from fantasy to military, and from thrillers to humor. He has garnered multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as an Audie Award nomination. Visit him at drummondvoice.com.
A jack of all literary trades, Doyle (Leaping: Revelations & Epiphanies, 2013) augments his impressive oeuvre with this whimsical dreamscape of a nautical adventure about desolation and friendship. To escape his haunting loneliness, Declan O Donnell sets out on the high seas with no intention of returning to his Oregon home. In fact, he has no intentions at all, except to wander “west and then west” to distance himself from his troubling past. With little company besides a copy of conservative orator Edmund Burke’s speeches and the occasional gull, Declan drifts into the Pacific void to discover not solitude but unlikely companionship. Reluctantly agreeing to aid his recently widowed friend, Piko, and his disabled daughter, Declan finds himself extemporizing fatherhood and pursuing pirates when Piko gets kidnapped. As the adventure escalates, so does the number of his shipmates, humans and sea creatures alike. In stylized prose with frequent nods to Coleridge, Melville, and Stevenson, Doyle’s surreal world is alive with vivid characters, mysterious birds, and lyrical philosophy about contentment. A joyous journey of discovery. --Jonathan Fullmer
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