Mattie Fiona Blue, recently widowed and filled with grief, spins a tale of her beloved husband, Nick - his birth, his death, his love of the sea, his gnawing fear of a family legend of drowning - and their unflagging devotion to each other.
While mourning Nick, Mattie tells of her own life as she journeys from the loneliness of a broken home and disapproving mother to the chaotic sphere of Nick Blue and his sprawling Greek-American fishing family, whose ties to the sea extend across generations, continents, and time. In Mattie's courageous telling of the story, listeners find Remembering Blue's true power: its quiet insistence that the living and the dead, the past and the present, the ancient and the yet-to-be coexist within us as memory, story, and myth.
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Emotionally neglected by her mother, abandoned by her father, Mattie O?Rourke spent her childhood starved for the one thing she thought she?d never find: love. When her mother dies and, at twenty-two, she finds herself completely without ties of any kind, Mattie takes a chance at ending her loneliness and moves to a tiny coastal Florida town. At the Suwannee Swifty convenience store, a sea change envelops her. Mattie O?Rourke sees Proteus Nicholas Blue and their fate is sealed after only a few shy, stolen glances.
Nick walks into Mattie?s life having fled his own. A lifelong fisherman from a remote island off the coast, Nick is haunted by the certain knowledge that the sea will be the death of him (as it has been for all the Blue men) and he has resolved to leave it behind. But as Nick and Mattie settle into an intimacy that both comforts and surprises them, Nick feels the inextricable pull of the waxing moon?s tide and the siren?s call of the dolphins that, Blue legend has it, are his brethren.
And so it is that Mattie, who only months before felt that happiness would never find her, returns with Nick to the island home that nurtured him and finds herself embraced by a large and loving family and an alluring and sensual landscape. Life on Lethe is transforming for Mattie. But Nick always knew that the sea would claim him, and all of Mattie?s love cannot prevent the tragedy that is their destiny.
Moving and enchanting, Remembering Blue is a lush story of love, loss, and the mythic power of the ocean, told in an elegant and passionate voice that could only come from Connie May Fowler.
Praise for Remembering Blue and Connie May Fowler:
"Remembering Blue is a hymn of praise to the breathtaking beauty of the Gulf Coast of Florida and the men and women who love that coast with every cell of their bodies. Nick Blue is an extraordinary creation, so life-affirming and vibrant that he makes you shiver with the pleasure of his maleness. The love story of Nick and Mattie Blue centers this novel and makes it soar, the way all great love stories are supposed to do."
--Pat Conroy, author of The Prince of Tides and Beach Music
"Mattie and Nick's thrilling story is about communion as well as communication; it's about a woman maintaining her own identity within a relationship of blissful intimacy...Connie May Fowler's language sings a sea-song we need to hear."
--Sena Jeter Naslund, author of Ahab's Wife
"There is no denying the depth of Connie May Fowler's talent and the breadth of her imagination."
--New York Times Book Review
"If writing is a gift, then Connie May Fowler must have been bestowed with the gifts of ten muses."
--Amy Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club
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