Monterey Bay

Monterey Bay

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In 1940, fifteen year-old Margot Fiske arrives on the shores of Monterey Bay with her eccentric entrepreneur father. Margot has been her father's apprentice all over the world, until an accident in Monterey's tide pools drives them apart and plunges her head-first into the mayhem of John Steinbeck's Cannery Row. Steinbeck is hiding out from his burgeoning fame at the raucous lab of Ed Ricketts, the biologist known as Doc in Cannery Row. Ricketts, a charismatic bohemian, quickly becomes the object of Margot's fascination. Despite Steinbeck's protests and her father's misgivings, she wrangles a job as Ricketts's sketch artist and begins drawing the strange and wonderful sea creatures he pulls from the waters of the bay. Unbeknownst to Margot, her father is also working with Ricketts. He is soliciting the biologist's advice on his most ambitious and controversial project to date: the transformation of the Row's largest cannery into an aquarium. When Margot begins an affair with Ricketts, she sets in motion a chain of events that will affect not just the two of them, but the future of Monterey as well. Alternating between past and present, Monterey Bay explores histories both imagined and actual to create an unforgettable portrait of an exceptional woman, a world-famous aquarium, and the beloved town they both call home.--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2016.
ISBN: 9781594206788
1594206783
Branch Call Number: FIC HATTON, LINDSAY
Characteristics: 310 pages ; 22 cm

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Aug 13, 2016

A wonderful blend of time and place mixed with a little Steinbeck and Monterey Bay Aquarium history. The story has its success in the portrayal of Margot Fiske who the author has narrate between two time periods. If you've read Steinbeck's Cannery Row or perhaps visited the Aquarium you may find it all the more delightful.

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