" Lynch writes about the science of sailing and the grandeur of Puget Sound with a Melville-like attention to detail, but in the very concreteness of those details a kind of poetry emerges that speaks of the transience of life in all its terrible beauty and exhilarating terror.Booklist "Not just any writer could weave a story about sailing, speed dating, dysfunctional family dynamics and Albert Einstein into an emotionally resonant novel, but Jim Lynch is the man for it." -- The Seattle Times "Jim Lynch does for sailing what "A River Runs Through It" did for fly-fishing." -- Luis Alberto Urrea, "Hummingbird's Daughter" "In Before the Wind, author Jim Lynch tells the engaging tale of the Johannssens, a sailing family that's like a distillation of all the eccentric, funny and cranky sailors you've ever met. That is, he asked them if they were willing to covenant to act as friends. Alma asked them if they were willing to bear one another’s burdens, to mourn with those that mourn, and to comfort those who stand in need of comfort.It's also about sailing, online dating and Albert Einstein. Before the Wind cant help but leave you enthralled, inspired and thirsty for more.Set in Seattle, Victoria and Olympia, much of the novel unfolds on the water in this entertaining two-decade odyssey of the Johannssen family. The Huffington Post A breathtaking, emotionally satisfying and genuinely surprising piece of work. Lynch writes powerfully and naturalistically, plunging the reader into an alien world, all the while concealing, like the best of magicians, what is really going on. The Toronto Star "An affectionate and very funny tribute to the gentle madness of sailing diehards." - The Wall Street Journal "A brilliantly crafted family story ...Our US memberbase is made up predominantly of 30-55 year olds, 82% of which have at least a Bachelor's Degree.
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