The Quadrant: Landfall is the last in a 3-volume narrative journey set in 19th century New England and on the high seas. In this continuation of Vol. I (At the Mother of Waters) and Vol. II (At the Crossroads of Anjier), Maine native Capt. Ben Melchett and Welsh Romany seaman James Robertson face the crisis of separation on the Pacific. Journeying the routes of each others pasts becomes the means by which they discover the path to their common landfall. Survival at sea in an open boat and in the notorious backwater dens of Boston brings the two mariners fully into each others worlds, but at a price: though uniting them, their landfall ultimately shatters their communities and kin.
But of course the heart of the story is the unique and sometimes tortured relationship between the two main characters. Their thinking, and especially their perceptions, were wondrously complicated, yet clear [the author] raises cultural and religious issues and points out their implications for her characters and the rest of us as well.
JOHN THOMAS, Educator and historian
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