The Luminous Sea (2018)
In this debut novel, Melissa Barbeau describes a Newfoundland simultaneously realistic and familiar, yet magical and mysterious. The Luminous Sea tells the story of Vivienne, who is spending her summer working as a research assistant in outport Newfoundland. While taking samples from the waters off fictional Damson Bay, Vivienne hooks and lands alive something – or someone – unknown to science: a mysterious sea creature. To Vivienne’s supervisors, the creature is merely a specimen on which to make their careers as scientists. As Vivienne’s relationship with the creature, and with the people and place of Damson Bay grows, she embraces new ways of understanding and interacting with the natural world. Starting from its glorious cover, The Luminous Sea is filled with beautiful imagery, suspense, and timely insights into questions of power and our relationship with the ocean and the life it contains.
The reader-advocate for The Luminous Sea is acclaimed local author and winner of NL READS 2019, Trudy Morgan-Cole. The Luminous Sea is the NL READS feature book for January.
Author - Melissa Barbeau
Melissa Barbeau is a writer, a knitter, and a founding member of the Port Authority Writing Group. She has published in the Newfoundland Quarterly, the Cuffer Anthology, Memorial University’s literary journal Paragon, and in Breakwater Books’ anthology Racket: New Writing Made in Newfoundland. You can find her most days at St. Peter’s Junior High in Mount Pearl where she teaches English and Band. She has been the winner of two Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters Awards and the Cox and Palmer SPARKS Award for Creative Writing. The Luminous Sea, her first book, was awarded gold at the 2019 Independent Publisher Book Awards (Canada-East Best Regional Fiction) and shortlisted for the 2018 BMO Winterset Award. She lives in Torbay with a lovely fella and four pre-teens and teenagers. She is a member of the Torbay Public Library Board.
Publisher - Breakwater Books
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Reader/Advocate - Trudy-Morgan-Cole, Writer, Winner of NL READS 2019
Trudy’s acclaimed works of historical fiction include By the Rivers of Brooklyn, A Sudden Sun and That Forgetful Shore. Most Anything You Please was the winner of NL READS 2019. Her latest work, A Roll of the Bones, is the first in a trilogy exploring themes of colonization. She lives in St. John’s with her husband and two children, and teaches English, writing, and social studies to adult learners.