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Land Mammals and Sea Creatures

Land Mammals and Sea Creatures is a novel.

Jen Neale

Almost immediately upon Julie Bird's return to the small port town where she was raised, everyday life is turned upside down. Julie's Gulf War vet father, Marty, has been on the losing side of a battle with PTSD for too long. A day of boating takes a dramatic turn when a majestic blue whale beaches itself and dies. A blond stranger sets up camp oceanside: she's an agitator, musician-impersonator and armchair philosopher named Jennie Lee Lewis — and Julie discovers she's connected to her father's mysterious trip to New Mexico 25 years earlier. As the blue whale decays on the beach, more wildlife turns up dead — apparently by suicide — echoing Marty's deepest desire. But Julie isn't ready for a world without her father. (From ECW Press)

Land Mammals and Sea Creatures is on the shortlist for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize.

From the book

Julie Bird closed her eyes and listened to water slap the hull. The tinny taste of lager coated the back of her tongue. She and her father, Marty, spread themselves over lawn chairs on the deck of the old troller. Waves rolled under the boat, and the strips of rainbow vinyl creaked under their weight. Ice sloshed rhythmically against the sides of the cooler


From Land Mammals and Sea Creatures by Jen Neale ©2018. Published by ECW Press.