“Quick, vivid reading which reeks with salty reality…”
For three hundred years, generations of Tilghman Islanders have lived by harvesting the waters of Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay. They are watermen, and old English term for commercial fishermen, and their lives today retain much of the spirit and simplicity that characterized their land’s first Ango-Saxon settlers. Watermen is the story of their lives told by Randy Peffer, a young writer who came to Tilghman Island to search for his ancestral roots and left a year later with the makings of this book. Watermen is a singular work, a book that will touch anyone who has ever glimpsed the people of the Chesapeake, whether in literature or in life.
“Gives the reader a strong sense that the heroism of early America did not pass away sometime around 1875 but flourishes right now.”
—New York Times Book Review
“Quick, vivid reading which reeks with salty reality… Quite simply, this is the best book I’ve ever read about the daily life of Chesapeake Bay watermen.”