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The Following Sea

The Following Sea by Marcel Jolley

Joseph Merickel asks for little—as chief of police in Skagway, Alaska, he simply wants things in order. When a lifelong friend is found dead and her boyfriend goes missing, Merickel must trade his quiet predictable existence for the very aspects of his profession he had hoped to avoid by returning home to rural Southeast Alaska. The investigation will drag him through this landlocked region during a stretch of heavy October rain makes flight hard and pursuit harder. Despite familiar terrain and old acquaintances, the lawman can’t help but feel adrift in a territory of personal histories that, until now, Joseph Merickel thought he knew as well as his own.


  • "Drawn with taut, lyrical prose reminiscent of Jim Harrison's work, Jolley's characters are as tough as the harsh Alaskan landscape from which they are cut—its craggy shorelines, muddy washouts, and overgrown logging roads beneath foreboding gunmetal skies. Neither a long shot story nor a clipped novel, THE FOLLOWING SEA masters the form of the novella with a grace that is evocative and insanely memorable."
    —Patrick Michael Finn
  • "A powerful and authentic story of small-town passions, bush pilots, and Southeast Alaska. Well done."
    —Joe Upton

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Marcel Jolley

Marcel Jolley was born in Skagway, Alaska, and now lives in Camas, Washington, with his wife and son. He is the author of the story collections Neither Here Nor There (Black Lawrence Press, 2007), which won the inaugural St. Lawrence Book Award, and Priors(Black Lawrence Press, 2012).  His novella The Following Sea will be published by Black Lawrence Press in 2013.

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