Fisherman Linda Greenlaw tackles a new and unexpected challenge — motherhood.
Swordfish boat captain Linda Greenlaw has parlayed a small role in Sebastian Junger’s 1997 book The Perfect Storm (and a much bigger presence in the film adaptation) into a robust career as a bestselling author. Lifesaving Lessons: Notes from an Accidental Mother (Viking Penguin, New York; hardcover; 272 page; $26.95) is her ninth, and most personal, book to date.
Greenlaw, of course, has confidently navigated a life filled with physical dangers, but in Lifesaving Lessons she writes of her toughest challenge: adopting Mariah, a teenager who has been sexually abused by her uncle. “I hope you know what you’re getting into,” a friend warns Greenlaw, who is single and has no children of her own. “Mariah may be beyond saving. You have no idea what demons she’ll be fighting or for how long.”
Lifesaving Lessons is also the story of Isle au Haut, the island community of seventy-three people that Greenlaw calls home. The tension is palpable as Greenlaw recounts the shocking revelation of a well-liked neighbor’s reprehensible crimes, and one cannot help but admire the villagers’ swift yet compassionate response, placing the safety of Mariah first. — VIrginia M. Wright