Picks and Pans Review: The Lobster Chronicles
Forsaking the oceangoing life, Linda Greenlaw—captain of the sister ship to the doomed vessel in The Perfect Storm—decides to become a commercial lobster fisherman. This means living on dry land. Dry indeed.
Greenlaw's book is a plodding account of returning, in her late 30s, to the Maine island where she grew up amid a double-digit population. Life is slow and insular, as the book emphasizes to a fault. "I repeated the shoveling motion until the tote was full," she writes of bait preparation. A poet she is not.
In stenographic prose, Greenlaw recounts meetings about protecting the local waters; for excitement she gets bitten by a crab. Even her blind-date fantasy is ho-hum. Throw this one back in the water. (Hyperion, $22.95)
Bottom Line: The perfect snore