William B. McCloskey Breakers: A Novel

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William McCloskey’s bestselling novel Highliners established him as an authority on the dangers and hardships of the Alaskan fishing industry. Now in an epic sequel, Breakers returns to Kodiak to chart the fortunes of McCloskey’s beloved characters as they make their living from the sea.

A respected skipper, Hank Crawford runs his own boat and is well liked by his crew. Yet Hank knows all too well that with a hefty mortgage to pay off, a brand-new boat, and an even newer baby, he and his family need the crab and salmon to keep coming into their nets.

But as every fisherman knows, the sea is a fickle mistress. The crab season is the poorest yet, and salmon prices drop. When his child falls ill and his boat gets damaged, Hank journeys in desperation to his partners in Japan. Here he faces a moral crossroads: compromise his own business ethics or risk losing everything he’s worked for.

With the same thrill of danger, McCloskey captures the excitement, the drama, and the never-ending fears that are the landmarks of the commercial fisherman’s trade. Breakers is truly a triumphant addition to the saga Highliners sets in motion.

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Bill McCloskey's novel Highliners established him as one of the foremost chroniclers of Alaska and earned raves and a loyal following for its exuberant, authentic depiction of life in America's most dangerous profession - commercial fishing. Now Breakers picks up where Highliners left off, following the fortunes of fisherman Hank Crawford, his wife Jody, iron-nosed cannery manager Swede Scorden, and the other vivid characters who make their living from the sea. Hank has come far from his days as a greenhorn. A skipper with his own boat and crew, he's taken on a whole new set of responsibilities - a third child, a brand-new boat, a dream house, and plenty of bank loans. It all seems manageable as long as the seemingly endless hauls of crab and salmon keep flowing in. Then, suddenly as a winter squall, trouble hits. Hank's boat is damaged; his youngest child falls ill; a devastatingly poor crab season brings little income; salmon prices plummet. During a trip to Japan, a troubled Hank is tempted to compromise his business ethics to save his boat - and drawn into a careless romance that could cost him the wife and family he loves. Breakers captures the excitement and danger of the fisherman's trade; the massive crab pots that can crush an unwary man in a moment; the homecoming celebrations in the Kodiak bars; the clashes between the fishermen and the foreign fleets that use legal loopholes to plunder American waters; the exhilarating abundance of an Alaskan fishing season in full swing; and the terrible fury of a storm sweeping against a twenty-foot tide. It is also a captivating portrait of a good man at a moral crossroads. (6 1/4 X 9, 372 pages, maps)

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William B. McCloskey Jr. has worked as a Coast Guard officer, merchant seaman, and crewman on several fishing boats, among other positions. He is the author of the novels Highliners, Breakers, and The Mallore Affair, and the nonfiction titles Their Fathers’ Work and Fish Decks. His work has appeared in Smithsonian, Audubon, International Wildlife, National Fisherman, and elsewhere. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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