Tough Island - True Stories from Matinicus, Maine

Tough Island True Stories from Matinicus Maine In Crash Barry moved to Maine s most remote inhabited island to work as a sternman aboard a lobster boat On Matinicus twenty miles out to sea population fifty the ferry visited nine times a y

  • Title: Tough Island - True Stories from Matinicus, Maine
  • Author: Crash Barry
  • ISBN: 9780983743101
  • Page: 117
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In 1991, Crash Barry moved to Maine s most remote inhabited island to work as a sternman aboard a lobster boat On Matinicus, twenty miles out to sea, population fifty, the ferry visited nine times a year and airplanes only landed when there was no fog, rain, snow, sleet or darkness Tough Island is a gritty memoir and guided tour of a unique society inhabited by resourcefIn 1991, Crash Barry moved to Maine s most remote inhabited island to work as a sternman aboard a lobster boat On Matinicus, twenty miles out to sea, population fifty, the ferry visited nine times a year and airplanes only landed when there was no fog, rain, snow, sleet or darkness Tough Island is a gritty memoir and guided tour of a unique society inhabited by resourceful individuals and scoundrels Stories of danger and drugs, sex and violence, death and sorrow, all unfold in a landscape of breathtaking beauty Crash Barry is also the author of the rollicking novel, Sex, Drugs and Blueberries, a Maine story of how quickly things can go wrong.

    One thought on “Tough Island - True Stories from Matinicus, Maine”

    1. A good memoir to read beside Well Out to Sea by Eva Murray to get a sense of life on remote Matinicus Island in Maine. Expect lots of drugs, hook ups and some violence. I could have done without the drug trips written like artistic visions. This short, easy to read book was best on describing the island setting, lobster fishing and rogue characters. I read it as research for a YA novel I'm writing which features an island lobsterman.

    2. A quick read about Maine's most infamous island. Matinicus is the island farthest from the mainland and has a reputation as wild, unwelcoming and well, downright scary. This tale reinforces that reputation and adds quite a bit to the drug-using and running rumors. It's not a romantic rose-colored lens view of island life, but it seems to be a fairly accurate portrayal of Matinicus Island life--based on what we Mainelanders hear about it.

    3. One of the reasons I love Maine is its grit, and Crash Barry captures it beautifully. Sure to become a Maine classic.

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