With its emotional quests and compelling characters, August Gale is a gripping and heart-breaking tale that will provide ample material for book club discussions.

As Kate Braestrup, New York Times bestselling author of Here If You Need Me explains, “Like The Perfect Storm, Barbara Walsh’s book vividly captures the fishermen who fought for their lives in an unforgiving sea. Her quest to redeem and understand her grandfather is a powerful story that will resonate with fathers, daughters and sons. August Gale is a haunting journey that readers will long remember.”

Alternating in time and place, the book takes readers on two heartrending odysseys: one into a deadly Newfoundland hurricane and the lives of schooner fishermen who relied on God and the wind to carry them home; the other, into a squall stirred by a man with many secrets: a grandfather who remained a mystery until long after his death.

Sixty-eight years after the hurricane that claimed several of her ancestors, Walsh searches for memories of the August gale and the grandfather who abandoned her dad as a young boy. Together, she and her father journey to Newfoundland to learn about the 1935 storm, and along the way her dad begins to talk about the man he cannot forgive. As she recreates the scenes of the violent hurricane and a small boy’s tender past, she holds onto a hidden desire: to heal her father and redeem the grandfather she has never met.

Readers will cry, laugh and reflect on their own families and struggles as they read August Gale. The book, says Jonathon King, Edgar Award-winning mystery author, is “a wonderfully written tale of the sea and a far flung village of people surviving on the edge of the world. Barbara Walsh has plucked a historical event out of time and filled it with an emotional breadth rarely found in documentary or memoir writing.”

Barbara Walsh will visit and talk with book clubs within a reasonable distance from her Maine home. She will also Skype into clubs across the country or internationally, sharing her own emotional journey on how she reported and wrote August Gale, along with reading passages from the book and engaging in a Q&A session.

To contact Barbara Walsh: bwalshauthor@gmail.com

SAMMY IN THE SKY. Illustrations copyright © 2011 by Jamie Wyeth. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA.