The Boatbuilder

The Boatbuilder

Book - 2018
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Long-listed for the 2018 National Book Award in Fiction. 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. Written in gleaming prose, this is a story about resilience, community, and what it takes to win back your soul.
Publisher: San Francisco : McSweeney's, ©2018.
ISBN: 9781944211554
Characteristics: 237 pages :,21 cm

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May 08, 2019

I found this novel to be a beautiful rumination on the effort and honesty it takes to overcome personal struggles. Gumbiner's writing is meaningful and poignant, and the development of the characters and dialogue that Gumbiner weaves into the story carefully considered and clever. it became a quick read for me as I didn't want to put it down.

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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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