Holden author John R. Cobb has announced the publication of his debut novel, “Judith: A Quoddy Tale” (2012, Maine Authors Publishing), a story about a family of lobstermen who work the waters of Passamaquoddy Bay, as stated in a news release.
Though it has been nine years since the passing of his beloved wife and son, Ray Winn’s grief has not diminished as he works aboard his lobster boat, Judith. His father-in-law, Jasper Mann, already weakened by age and infirmity, mourns the loss of his daughter and grandson. Dale Mann, recently released from prison after a manslaughter conviction, is still tormented by guilt over the horrific deaths of his sister and nephew. Will the men of the Judith be able to lay down their sorrow before their souls are imperiled?
Set in the farthest reaches of Down East Maine, the story offers a view of men who haul lobster traps and handline cod for a living. The novel explores loss and redemption, raw familial conflict and the possibility of forgiveness. The regional culture is highlighted, showing the fierce independence and interconnectedness of those who rely on the sea and its many environments for their livelihood.
Cobb has also written a number of short stories with varying themes, including action adventure, crime, fantasy, sci-fi and the supernatural. He lives with his family in Holden.
Judith is available at local bookstores, through John’s website at www.johnrcobb.com, at MaineAuthorsPublishing.com and on Amazon.com.


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