Sea of Tranquility


For Sylvie, Ragged Island - and the whales who swam around it - is the only world she has ever known. It is the place where she was born and raised, where she lived with her four late husbands, and where she plans to live out her remaining years.

It is also the home to a community whose love for the island is immense. But when the Nova Scotia government decides to shut down the ferry service that is the lifeblood of Ragged Island, the residents see their world beginning to disappear.

Sea of Tranquility is the lyrical and moving story of an island struggling to survive. Lesley Choyce’s seventh novel, it contains the elements for which the author is known: engaging characters, page-turning storyline, and uproarious humour. Choyce is in top form.


Choyce has impeccable pacing, a flare for the lyrical, and Sylvie, his alluring, intuitive charcter, who makes a great anchor for this sea yarn.

Globe and Mail (August, 2003)

lyrical, funny, and mordant.

Quill and Quire (May, 2003)

The salt-smacked charms of this story are hard to resist as Ragged Island learns how to peg its future on the sea of ingenuity.

Edmonton Journal (June, 2003)

an almost perfect novel. Part of what makes Sea of Tranquility so nearly perfect is the seamless blend of reality, fantasy and satire.

New Brunswick Reader (September, 2003)

Sea of Tranquility is the lyrical and moving story of an island struggling to surviverich with engaging characters, a page-turning storyline, and uproarious humour.

Eastword (Writer’s Federation of Nova Scotia Newsletter) (September, 2003)

About the Author

Lesley Choyce

Posted by Kendra on December 6, 2014
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Lesley Choyce

Lesley Choyce is the author of over ninety books. He has won the Dartmouth Book Award, the Atlantic Poetry Prize, and the Ann Connor Brimer Award, and has been shortlisted for the Governor General's Award. He lives in East Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia.