Introducing our September Beach Read!

September 4, 2013 | By | Comments (1)

Happy September, beach readers! Thanks to all who joined us for our Twitter chat with Beatriz Williams last week. There were tons of great questions, and we’re thrilled with the enthusiasm we’ve seen for the book club so far!

For our September book, we’ve chosen something a little different…


Photo: Courtesy Random House  


Photo: Chris Kirzeder

The Rathbones is the debut novel from Chicago author Janice Clark–a Mystic, Connecticut, native who became enamored with her hometown’s whaling heritage after reading books on the bygone industry, and romanticizing about “those austere white clapboard Georgian houses with black shutters perched high on hills, topped with widows’ walks that looked out on the sea.” (For our full Q&A with the author, click here.)

The Rathbones is told from the perspective of 15-year-old Mercy Rathbone, a descendent of a notable whaling family who sets off in search of her father, lost at sea for nearly a decade. Clark unravels the mystery in this gothic tale that blends history with Greek mythology and ancient sea lore (à la Melville’s Moby Dick)We’re particularly excited to see how Clark portrays 19th-century Mystic and coastal living along the New England shore.

To purchase the book, and read a full synopsis, click here. We hope you’ll join us as we dive into Janice Clark’s The Rathbones–and share your thoughts on the book during weekly discussions right here on Daily Catch. Our first discussion will be next Wednesday, September 11 (reading schedule to come). We hope to see you there, and at our live Twitter chat with Janice on September 24 at 8 pm EST!

Happy reading!


  1. Ruth Bauer-Garcia (@RuthBauerGarcia)

    I’ve read about 1/3 of the book so far and all I can say is WOW! I’s like someone combined the DNA of Faulkner, Melville and Isabel Allende and out came Ms Clark and her novel.

    September 17, 2013 at 8:11 pm

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