'Sea Captain's' author at Belfast library

Feb 09, 2011
Beth Powning

Belfast — Beth Powning, author of “The Sea Captain’s Wife,” will speak about her work Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 6:30 p.m. at Belfast Free Library, 106 High St. Books will be available from Mr. Paperback at the program to purchase for signing. For more information, call the library at 338-3884, ext. 10.

In 1861 in coastal New Brunswick, Azuba Bradstock is dreaming of a life at sea. Her story is brought to life in Powning’s gripping new novel, which Library Journal described as a compelling historical novel with a strong female protagonist and an exciting plot. As a young girl, Azuba watched a sea captain set sail with his wife and family and she knew that she wanted to one day do the same. When she marries Nathaniel Bradstock, she is sure her dream will come true, until she becomes pregnant with her daughter Carrie.

A few years later, lonely and listless and raising Carrie alone, Azuba develops a friendship with Reverend Walton while Nathaniel is at sea, causing a scandal in the town. Nathaniel returns to a tarnished reputation, and decides that he will take Azuba and Carrie on his next trip on The Traveller.

Azuba is quickly immersed in life at sea aboard The Traveller — the ferocious storms, the isolated ports, the alluring destinations like China and London and even pirate attacks.  Azuba and Nathaniel’s marriage is quickly tested, and Azuba starts to realize the cost of her dreams of a life at sea. Rich with historical detail and packed with action, "the Sea Captain's Wife" is a vivid recreation of a seafaring life and exploration of the evolution of a marriage under the most extreme of circumstances.

Powning is a critically acclaimed writer of fiction and nonfiction. She lives near Sussex, New Brunswick, on Canada’s Bay of Fundy with her husband, sculptor Peter Powning.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.

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