The â€œwonderful first novel about life, love, and lobster fishingâ€ (USA Today) from the #1 bestselling writerIn 2000, Elizabeth Gilbertâ€™s Stern Men debuted to phenomenal critical attention. Now, Penguin is publishing a new edition of Gilbertâ€™s wise and charming novel for the millions of readers who devoured Eat, Pray, Love and remain hungry for more. Off the coast of Maine, Ruth Thomas is born into a feud fought for generations by two groups of local lobstermen over fishing rights for the waters that lie between their respective islands. At eighteen, she has returned from boarding schoolâ€”smart as a whip, feisty, and irredeemably unromanticâ€”determined to throw over her education and join the â€œstern menâ€ working the lobster boats. Gilbert utterly captures the American spirit through an unforgettable heroine who is destined for greatnessâ€”and loveâ€”despite herself.