Contemporary Nonfiction

Lifesaving Lessons by Linda Greenlaw (Viking)

About the Book

Famed swordfisherman and bestselling author Linda Greenlaw survived the perfect storm and lived to tell the tale, but when faced with the prospect of raising a deeply troubled teenager at the age of 40 plus, Greenlaw finds herself in more turbulent waters than she could have ever imagined.

Lifesaving Lessons is the dramatic story of perhaps the most unexpected of all of Greenlaw's many adventures—becoming a mother. Living on Isle Au Haut, Maine (year-round population: 40) gives Greenlaw both an unrivaled sense of isolation during the winter months, while simultaneously providing an unparalleled sense of community. It is this community that brings Greenlaw and Mariah together, when 15 year old Mariah flees her uncle's house for refuge at a neighbor's one night, and it becomes apparent that the uncle is a sexual and emotional predator. Used to solitude and independence, Linda isn't exactly the picture of maternal warmth, and she frequently finds herself at a loss when trying to play the role of parent and mother.

In turns both humorous and devastating, Linda candidly writes about the frustrations and doubts that any parent experiences when grappling with a temperamental teenager—let alone one who has experienced as much horror as Mariah. Greenlaw recounts the feelings of pride and love that develop as she and Mariah slowly but surely begin to trust one another and find common ground. Both must overcome their own stubborn independence in order to forge the unlikely family that they so desperately need. Remarkably candid and funny, readers will be drawn in by Greenlaw's bravery and insistence on doing the right thing, no matter the odds.

About the Author

Linda Greenlaw lives on Isle au Haut, Maine. She is America's only female swordfish boat captain and was featured in the book and film The Perfect Storm as well as in the Discovery Channel's Swords: Life on the Line. Greenlaw is the author of three New York Times bestselling nonfiction books along with two mysteries and a cookbook. She is currently consulting on a fisheries development program in Kenya, where she is helping to design boats and train Kenyans on how to use modern gear and sustainable methods.

For more information, visit Linda Greenlaw's Viking Press author page.

Jacket cover courtesy of Viking. Author photo: Dennis Welch.