The Boatbuilder

The Boatbuilder

Book - 2018
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At 28 years old, Eli "Berg" Koenigsberg has never encountered a challenge he couldn't push through, until a head injury leaves him with lingering headaches and a weakness for opiates. Berg moves to a remote Northern California town, seeking space and time to recover, but soon finds himself breaking into homes in search of pills. Addled by addiction and chronic pain, Berg meets Alejandro, a reclusive, master boatbuilder, and begins to see a path forward. Alejandro offers Berg honest labor, but more than this, he offers him a new approach to his suffering, a template for survival amid intense pain. Nurtured by his friendship with Alejandro and aided, too, by the comradeship of many in Talinas, Berg begins to return to himself.
Publisher: San Francisco : McSweeney's, [2018].
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781944211554
Characteristics: 237 pages : 21 cm.


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Sep 24, 2018

I highly reccomend this terrific debut novel by Gumbiner. A straightfoward and beautifully written story about a man's internal struggle with his demons. I look forward to more novels by this talented young writer.


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