When Kate Campbell’s life in Manhattan suddenly implodes, she is forced to return to Sea Point, the small town full of quirky locals, quaint bungalows, and beautiful beaches where she grew up. She knows she won’t be home for long; she’s got every intention (and a three-point plan) to win back everything she thinks she’s lost.
Meanwhile, Miles Hoffman — aka “The Prince of Sea Point” — has also returned home to prove to his mother that he’s capable of taking over the family business, and he’s promised to help his childhood best friend, Ziggy Miller, with his own financial struggles at the same time. Kate, Miles, and Ziggy converge in Sea Point as the town faces an identity crisis when a local developer tries to cash in on its potential. The summer swells, and white lies and long-buried secrets prove as corrosive as the salt air, threatening to forever erode not only the bonds between the three friends but also the landscape of the beachside community they call home.
Full of heart and humor — and laced with biting wit — Rock the Boat proves that even when you know all the back roads, there aren’t any shortcuts to growing up.
Beck Dorey-Stein grew up in Narberth, Pennsylvania, and taught high school English for three years before serving as a White House stenographer from 2012 to 2017. Her first book, From the Corner of the Oval, was a New York Times bestseller. She now lives on the coast of Maine.
Stephanie Weiner is a Professor of English at Wesleyan University, where she directs the Shapiro Center for Writing and teaches courses on British literature, poetry, the comedic novel, and stories of action and adventure. She has published articles about sense experience in poetry, literary representations of the natural world, and the history and variety of the English language. She is the author of two scholarly books, the first about poets who were activists against the British monarchy during the long nineteenth century, the second about strategies of poetic realism in the work of John Clare and poets who were inspired by him. Her current projects center on the interchange between poetry and music and on the artistic productions of amateurs.
She was Beck Dorey-Stein’s professor and advisor at Wesleyan University.
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