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Creatures at the Absolute Bottom of the Sea

by Rosemary McGuire University of Alaska Press
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Pbk 160 pages
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A man witnesses a tragic accident that calls his own life into question. A young woman meets her high school sweetheart after many years and seeks to make sense of the separate paths they've taken. A soldier home from Iraq tries to rebuild his life in a remote Alaskan village.

These are fishing stories, told as such stories are meant to be: simple, often coarse, and tinged with the elemental beauty of the sea. They reflect rugged lives lived on the edge of the ocean’s borders, where grief and grace ride the same waves. Rosemary McGuire, a fisherman herself, captures the essential humanity at the heart of each tale. No one comes through unscathed, but all retain a sense of hope and belief in earthly miracles, however humble.

A dazzling debut, The Creatures at the Absolute Bottom of the Sea will leave readers with a sense of the fragility and beauty inherent in eroded lives spent in proximity to danger.

The Lost Boys Longtime Co.
The Murder
Easter, Thompsen’s Bay
Angel Hotch
Dutch Harbor, New Year’s Eve
Snow Night on the Richardson
Thompsen’s Bay
The Vega
The Day We Went Down to Chalkyitik
Daniel, Kodiak
The Creature at the Absolute Bottom of the Sea

Nancy Lord, former Alaska writer laureate and author of Fishcamp, Beluga Days, and The Man Who Swam with Beavers

''Make way for a terrific new voice from Alaska! McGuire’s short fictions are as authentic as they come - drawn from a life steeped in rural Alaska and commercial fishing, deeply imagined. Her language is luminous, and her characters - rough, innocent, tragic, fully human - are unforgettable.''
Rosemary McGuire has been working as a commercial fisherman for fourteen years. She has worked in Antarctica and in field camps across Alaska and has traveled most of Alaska’s river systems by canoe.