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HATTERAS BLUES: A STORY FROM THE EDGE OF AMERICA
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HATTERAS BLUES: A STORY FROM THE EDGE OF AMERICA

Author: Tom Carlson
Publisher: UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA PRESS, Oct 2005
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 0-8078-2975-7

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The true story of the "first family" of sportfishing in the billfish capital of the world. 40 illus, 2 maps; 6x9 inches, 272 pgs.

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When young Ernal Foster spent his life savings to build a juniper-hulled sportfishing boat in 1937, he gave birth to what would become the multimillion-dollar charter fishing industry on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Today, Ernal's son, Captain Ernie Foster, struggles to keep the family business alive in a time of great change on the Outer Banks. Hatteras Blues is their story--a story of triumph & loss, of sturdy Calvinist values & pell-mell American progress, and of fate & luck as capricious as the weather.

Within the engaging saga of the rise & decline of one family's livelihood, Tom Carlson relates the high-adrenaline experience of blue-water sportfishing & the precarious early development of Hatteras Village in the heart of "Hurricane Alley." In recording this story, the author unexpectedly finds himself becoming part of it. Struggling to come to terms with the illness & death of his wife to a degenerative disease, Carlson learns a lesson from the Fosters--and the townspeople--in how to prepare for absence & loss, and then how to grieve with some measure of grace & dignity.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Tom Carlson
taught creative nonfiction & American literature for 32 years at the University of Memphis.


 
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