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Boat Bastard: A Love/Hate Memoir

van Rooyen, Deborah

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ISBN 10: 0060093544 / ISBN 13: 9780060093549
Published by ReganBooks, 2002
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Signed by Author 0060093544 This hardcover book is square and tight. The boards and spine have no wear with pristine gilt. The pages and endpages are clean, with no markings or folds. The dustjacket is As New. Original Price is intact. Not ex-lib. No remainder mark. Signed by the Author on the half-title page without inscription. Bookseller Inventory # 002771

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Title: Boat Bastard: A Love/Hate Memoir

Publisher: ReganBooks

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

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Embark on a thirteen-year journey through the stormy, madcap, on-again, off-again relationship between a Boston advertising art director (van Rooyen) and a Boston advertising film-director-turned-sailor ("The Captain").

Boat Bastard examines the torturous, slightly out of step mating dance that ensues between these two oversize personalities, complete with the requisite break-ups, reconciliations, and bloody bumps and bruises along the way. From Boston and Cape Cod to France, Israel, Jordan, and, finally, the Chesapeake, the Captain navigates this affair on his own terms, until one day, van Rooyen jumps ship.

With enormous wit and deadpan delivery, van Rooyen lays bare the very real experience of being the not-so-perfect woman trying to get it right with the almost-perfect man. In the end, she discovers that much as the Captain cannot seem to eke out much space for her within the confines of his boat, so too fares her claim on the affection within his heart. Van Rooyen finally emerges from the relationship with more than her share of sadness and regret, but also with the dignity that comes from having the strength to walk away.

About the Author:

Deborah van Rooyen is a writer and award winning creative director based in Boston, Massachusetts. Author of My Grandfather's Brother's Son, published in Israel, she is now working on a new book of memoirs, Jewish in Jordan: A View from the Other Side.

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