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New in Paperback: The harrowing adventure-at-sea memoir (“Terrific.”-Daniel James Brown) recounting the 2013 search-and-rescue mission for lost Montauk fisherman John Aldridge.

A Speck in the Sea is a terrific read-harrowing and inspiring at the same time. In the end it’s a moving testament both to our individual will to survive and to our collective will to come to the aid of others in distress. I couldn’t put it down.” -Daniel James Brown, author of The Boys in the Boat

In the dead of night on July 24, 2013, John Aldridge was thrown off the back of the Anna Mary while his fishing partner, Anthony Sosinski, slept below. As desperate hours ticked by, Sosinski, the families, the local fishing community, and the U.S. Coast Guard in three states mobilized in an unprecedented search effort that culminated in a rare and exhilarating success.

A tale of survival, perseverance, and community, A Speck in the Sea tells of one man’s struggle to survive as friends and strangers work to bring him home. Aldridge’s wrenching first-person account intertwines with the narrative of the massive, constantly evolving rescue operation designed to save him.

Reviews

A Speck in the Sea is a terrific read-harrowing and inspiring at the same time. In the end it's a moving testament both to our individual will to survive and to our collective will to come to the aid of others in distress. I couldn't put it down.
Daniel James Brown, author of The Boys in the Boat
Sometimes being a hero means just hanging on and having faith--which is exactly what John Aldridge and Anthony Sosinski did on July 24, 2013. This is an amazing tale of survival, family, community, and friendship from two true American originals.
Paul Tough, New York Magazine
A robust portrait of working-class Montauk, the Long Island community... richly detailed.
Kirkus Review
A rich backstory-including complicated personal lives and deep family histories-adds depth to this page turner.
Publishers Weekly
This absolutely riveting book follows the increasingly desperate (and, at times, disorganized) rescue efforts as well as Aldridge's own odyssey (How does a man facing near-certain death keep himself believing he might survive?)... the book is... captivating.
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