"With a six-pack and a shotgun, she could take over the world."
"Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing."
Ahab's Wife: Or, The Star-Gazer
It has been said that one can see farther only by standing on the shoulders of giants. This epic work of historical fiction honors Herman Melville's Moby-Dick as looking glass into early-19th-century America. Through the eye of an outsider, Ahab's child bride Una, New England life was broader and richer than Melville's manly world of men, ships, and whales. This ambitious novel pays tribute to Melville, creating heroines from his lesser characters, and to America's literary heritage in general.