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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,952 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Barbara Delinsky Narrator: Julia Gibson Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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On Big Sawyer island, life is as steady as the routine of the lobstermen who leave with the tide each morning and return with their haul each night. But for forty-year-old New Yorker Julia Bechtel, life and what’s important in it are about to be forever altered when she survives a terrible boat accident en route to the island. Now, in the company of her aunt and daughter, Julia finds herself feeling strangely connected to the tragedy’s other survivors—Noah, a divorced lobsterman, and Kim, a young woman rendered mute since her rescue—and newly outraged at the state of her marriage to a domineering man. Seeing the world with new eyes, Julia vows to embrace life with all of its joys and uncertainties. And the journey begins on Big Sawyer. . . . Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Delinsky may be as adept at chronicling contemporary life in New England as any writer this side of John Updike.”

    Times Union (Albany, NY)

  • “Delinsky grounds her characters in the here-and-now and presents them with dilemmas more familiar than fanciful…Once again, Delinsky excels at combining a compelling mystery with an insightful portrayal of captivating people facing challenges both ordinary and dramatic.”


  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lynda | 2/20/2014

    " This is the first book by Barbara Delinsky that I've read and I did quite enjoy it. It's a bit of a romance, which I didn't expect, but quite enjoyable as the main character survives a terrible boat wreck and in the process, begins to question who she is and who she wants to be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Michelle | 2/6/2014

    " I didn't think I'd like this book initially but it was a good read. I love the setting and that's what made me pick it up. It takes place on a small island in Maine where a horrific accident takes place. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mary L | 2/3/2014

    " Great book for summer reading. I enjoyed the characters, the setting, and the way the book progressed. A few twists I didn't expect. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Leanne Hunt | 1/27/2014

    " The story was gripping from the start with the narrative of the ferry accident and the relational dramas were both believable and satisfying. I enjoyed the book for its vivid imagery and its hopeful message. To every tragedy there is indeed a redeeming feature. "

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