Books and Beer with Rising Tide

Tuesday, July 23, 2024 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Rising Tide Brewing Company, 103 Fox St

Print: A Bookstore has partnered with the lovely folks over at Rising Tide to co-host a monthly book club lead by former Print events coordinator, Rachael Conrad. The next meeting is on July 23rd at 7 PM, and will be discussing WHALE FALL by Elizabeth O'Connor and will take place at Rising Tide Brewing Company!

A stunning debut from an award-winning writer, about loss, isolation, folklore, and the joy and dissonance of finding oneself by exploring life outside one’s community

In 1938, a dead whale washes up on the shores of remote Welsh island. For Manod, who has spent her whole life on the island, it feels like both a portent of doom and a symbol of what may lie beyond the island's shores. A young woman living with her father and her sister (to whom she has reluctantly but devotedly become a mother following the death of their own mother years prior), Manod can't shake her welling desire to explore life beyond the beautiful yet blisteringly harsh islands that her hardscrabble family has called home for generations.

The arrival of two English ethnographers who hope to study the island culture, then, feels like a boon to her—both a glimpse of life outside her community and a means of escape. The longer the ethnographers stay, the more she feels herself pulled towards them, reckoning with a sensual awakening inside herself, despite her misgivings that her community is being misconstrued and exoticized.

With shimmering prose tempered by sharp wit, Whale Fall tells the story of what happens when one person's ambitions threaten the fabric of a community, and what can happen when they are realized. O'Connor paints a portrait of a community and a woman on the precipice, forced to confront an outside world that seems to be closing in on them.

Whale Fall: A Novel By Elizabeth O'Connor Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593700914
Availability: Recently On Our Shelves
Published: Pantheon - May 7th, 2024

Event address: 
Rising Tide Brewing Company
103 Fox St
Portland, ME 04101