A mythical family saga steeped in the legends of the sea, The Lobster Kings is a "powerhouse of a novel" (Ben Fountain).
The Kings family has lived on Loosewood Island for three hundred years. Now, Woody Kings, the leader of the island's lobster fishing community and the family patriarch, teeters on the throne, and Cordelia, the oldest of Woody's three daughters, stands to inherit the crown. To do so, however, she must defend her island from meth dealers from the mainland, while navigating sibling rivalry and the vulnerable nature of her own heart when she falls in love with her sternman.
About the Author
Alexi Zentner is the author of The Lobster Kings and Touch, which was published in a dozen countries. His fiction has been featured in The Atlantic and Tin House. He lives in Ithaca, New York, with his family.
Steeped in familial legend and dusted with maritime magic…Zentner keeps a firm grip on his tale.
A powerhouse of a novel. Alexi Zentner proves himself
to be a writer of the first rank.
— Ben Fountain, author of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
Alexi Zentner is one of the greatest literary architects and mythmakers working today.
— Téa Obreht, author of The Tiger’s Wife
The Lobster Kings is well worth a summer read; in fact, it's likely the reader will want to devour it again and again.
— Autumn Markus
Award-winning Zentner's literary tour de force takes hold of the reader's imagination and doesn't let go. Extraordinary storytelling not to be missed.
Brutal and beautiful.