The Great Offshore Grounds

October 31, 2020
The Great Offshore Grounds

A wildly original, cross-country novel that subverts a longtradition of family narratives and casts new light on themythologies—national, individual, and collective—that drive anddefine us.On the day of their estranged father's wedding, half sistersCheyenne and Livy set off to claim their inheritance. It's beenyears since the two have seen each other. Cheyenne is newly back inSeattle, crashing with Livy after a failed marriage and a series ofdead ends. Livy works refinishing boats, her resentment against herfreeloading sister growing as she tamps down dreams of fishing offthe coast of Alaska. But the promise of a shot at financialsecurity brings the two together to claim what's theirs. Except,instead of money, what their father gives them is information—aname—which both reveals a stunning family secret and compels themto come to grips with it. In the face of their new reality, thesisters and their adopted brother each set out on journeys thatwill test their faith in one another, as well as their definitionsof freedom.Moving from Seattle's underground to the docks of the Far North,from the hideaways of the southern swamps to the storied reaches ofthe Great Offshore Grounds, Vanessa Veselka spins a tale withboundless verve, linguistic vitality, and undeniabletenderness.