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The Ghost Trap

A book by K. Stephens

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for whatever we lose (like a you or a me) / it's always ourselves we find in the sea. - E. E. Cummings

  • Jul 16, 2010
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This is a story about one lobsterman's struggles and joys with his work and his life.

Jamie Eugely has lobstering in his blood. Living in Maine he was taught to lobster by both his father and his grandfather at a very young age. When he was a teen he thought to escape the small town Maine lifestyle, but ultimately came back to the family business.

Now he struggles as new lobsterman set their pots too close to his, tangling the lines and ignore century old lobstering etiquette and boundaries. He also struggles to see glimpses of the woman he once loved so deeply in the brain damaged fiancée, Anja, he now cares for.

This book was really hard to put to down. It's one of those books you could just read cover to cover if life didn't keep getting in your way. From page one I was completely entranced in Jamie's world. K. Stephens is a gifted writer that tells her tale and keeps the reader entertained and hanging on every word from beginning to end.

This isn't a happy-go-lucky tale; it's actually quite heartbreaking and painful at times. This is one of those stories that the characters really resonated deep within me, and one of those stories that will haunt my thoughts for quite some time. It will be hard for me not to think of Jamie and Anja and their day to day back breaking work; him trying to bring in the lobster to make the money and her trying to get back to a life before her accident.

This is a poignant and brilliantly told story. It broke my heart and managed to make me smile, I highly recommend this book.

Cherise Everhard, July 2010

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review by . October 20, 2009
There is no doubt that K. Stephens is a talented writer - her words are crisp and clear, and the images that she paints of the life of a Maine lobsterman are evokative of the difficult life they live.    Her description of the brain injured Anja, whom Jamie struggles to care for as his fiance, is distressingly accurate, and it is this day to day struggle with the horrors of a head injury that I found somewhat bleak. Jamie blames himself for the injury she sustained when in his …
review by . October 24, 2009
I'm trying to read a bit more out of my normal comfort zone when it comes to fiction, and as such I accepted the offer of a review copy of The Ghost Trap by K. Stephens. Centered around the life of a lobsterman in Maine struggling with a number of issues in his life, it definitely doesn't fall into my "action/adventure" category. :) But I'm glad I decided to read this debut novel, as the author did a very nice job on it. I definitely felt for the main character as he fought against all the external …
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In her impressive debut novel, Stephens offers a rugged and tender tale. Jamie Eugley, a ninth-generation lobsterman in the port village of Owls Head has cared for his brain-injured girlfriend, Anja, for three long years. Jamie suffers deep guilt over her near drowning accident while aboard his lobster boat and her subsequent debilitating coma. Anja's medical improvement has been frustratingly slow, but Jamie continues to nurse his naïve, stubborn fantasy of marrying the recovered Anja. Meanwhile, he deals with a dangerous and violent trap war among the lobstermen and a romance with Happy Klein, a first mate on a tourist schooner up for the summer season who wants Jamie to come back with her to Key West. The bawdy humor, snappy dialogue, colorful local sea myths and rich lobstering details add to the immense appeal of this textured narrative about a superstitious but independent lobsterman's inward and outward struggles.(Sept.)
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ISBN-10: 0981514871
ISBN-13: 978-0981514871
Author: K. Stephens
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Leapfrog Press
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