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ISBN: 0385473389
Author: David Payne
Language: English
Publisher: Doubleday; 1st edition (August 1, 2000)
Pages: 400
Category: United States
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 818
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David Payne is a psychological master, a brilliant mind that challenges our reality of the human experience on every page

Ships from and sold by iCALOA Books. David Payne is a psychological master, a brilliant mind that challenges our reality of the human experience on every page. He writes for the thinking reader, while maintaining the essential humanity of his characters.

Gravesend Light book. David Payne was born in North Carolina and attended the Phillips Exeter Academy and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Gravesend light : a novel. by. Payne, David (William David). Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books.

David Payne is a novelist who speaks to readers' lives. Culminating in a savage winter storm at sea, Gravesend Light is an unforgettable story of family, love, heroism, and personal redemption. Payne knows the hopes, fears, and habits of his characters. He writes of a people and a place from deep in his heart. Some of the strongest, most demanding writing to be found in American fiction today. David Payne is a novelist who speaks to readers' lives. Los Angeles Times A wonderful book. David Payne is a novelist who speaks to readers’ lives. Gravesend Light d anthropologist Joe Madden-a character readers first met as eleven-year-old Joey in this best-selling author's 1993 novel, Ruin Creek-has returned to his family’s summer home on North Carolina’s Outer Banks to begin a new ethnographic study. Joe’s subject is Little Roanoke, an isolated coastal fishing village threatened by the encroachment of modern civilization.

David Payne lives in North Carolina, and is the author of four previous novels: Confessions of a Taoist on Wall Street, which .

David Payne lives in North Carolina, and is the author of four previous novels: Confessions of a Taoist on Wall Street, which won the prestigious Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship Award; Early from the Dance; Ruin Creek; and Gravesend Light. He can be reached at daviddpaynebooks.

David Payne is an American novelist and memoirist. He is the author of five novels and a memoir. His first novel won the Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship Award. David Payne was born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina on April 13, 1955. He grew up in Henderson, North Carolina. He lives in North Carolina. New York: William Morrow.

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About Gravesend Light

Category: Literary Fiction. About Gravesend Light. d anthropologist Joe Madden-a character readers first met as eleven-year-old Joey in this best-selling author’s 1993 novel, Ruin Creek-has returned to his family’s summer home on North Carolina’s Outer Banks to begin a new ethnographic study.

Written by. David Payne. Manufacturer: Doubleday Release date: 1 August 2000 ISBN-10 : 038552613X ISBN-13: 9780385526135.

Young anthropologist Joe Madden retreats to his family's summer home on Little Roanoke on North Carolina's Outer Banks to conduct an ethnographic study of the fishermen and their families, taking a job on a fishing boat as part of his study and embarking on a passionate love affair with a feminist doctor at odds with the locals on their views on motherhood and abortion. 30,000 first printing.

Comments:

Unsoo
David Payne's writing reminds me of Pat Conroy. He uses lots of descriptive words and phrases, some with more success than others. He seems surest when writing what he knows best. The fishing lore was excellent and mind-expanding. I like a book that sends me to the dictionary.
He seems to really understand the emotions surrounding family dysfunction, particularly divorce and its aftermath. The religious culture of Gravesend was interesting.
All in all, I liked this book, but having read Ruin Creek just before, liked it better.
We read this for our book club and were trying to figure what town Killdeer represented in real life--somewhere a couple of hours from the Outer Banks, say Tarboro or Farmville. I
Tujar
David Payne is a psychological master, a brilliant mind that challenges our reality of the human experience on every page. He writes for the thinking reader, while maintaining the essential humanity of his characters.
Cheber
This book has a lot in it. It's greatest strength is its willingness to tackle some big issues. An anthropologist returns to his childhood home on the Outer Banks of NC and finagles his way on to a fishing boat in order to learn about traditional fishing lifestyles being challenged by change. He meets a young female OB doctor with whom he begins a passionate affair. He must revise some of his simplistic opinions about his hometown and face his past. With Payne's great talent for description, this is wonderful. I also liked the use of dialect--just enough to give an interesting flavor but not so much that I couldn't understand it, but not everybody does
It's greatest weakness is that it tackles too many big issues for me at least. It made everything feel a bit rushed to me. Payne needed to write a thousand page book, not a four hundred page book. Despite his great talent, his writing sometimes wavers in quality. He uses too many familiar similes even for a story told in first person. I put down the book for a week after the first seduction/sex scene. Didn't work for me, but when I picked up the book again, the next scenes worked so I kept going.
Dark_Sun
I have assigned Gravesend Light as a required text in my Introduction to Anthropology course at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. It has been a real hit with the students, providing them with close-up view of anthropological field work, along wih some of the theoretical issues on the presumed objectivity of the anthropologist. Yet, Gravesend Light is not some dry academic work. On the contrary, it pulses with passion, suspense, and vision. It makes you think, feel, cry, worry, celebrate, and so much more, with characters that you can neither remain neutral towards nor fast forget. The story revolves around Joe Madden, an anthropologist doing field work in the Outer Banks. Payne had already introduced Joe in a previous novel, Ruin Creek, where as young Joey he/we saw the break up of his parent's marriage (-- by the way, many of my students could not resist reading Ruin Creek as well during the semester). Gravesend Light presents Joey as an adult, an anthropologist, whose choices in life were shaped by his reaction to the break up of his parents. Anthropology and field work, with their emphasis upon observation, constitute an evolving theme in the development of the novel, as Joe is drawn into a web of relationships and events leading to a climactic storm at sea. There are some surprises at the end, which I will leave for the reader to find out for her/himself. I should also mention that some readers may find Payne's choice to switch character's perspectives confusing; just keep reading as this will soon become an enjoyable feature of the novel, and integral to its own point of view. A final note: I have read all of Payne's works, and each has touched my life in a special, often insightful, way. Most of over the sixty students who read the novel have reported the same. I strongly recommend Gravesend Light as well as any and all of Payne's works, both to other anthropology instructors and to every other reader.
hardy
I first saw David Payne on cable channel Book TV. He was explaining how GRAVESEND LIGHT was nearly "orphaned" and not published. What a shame that would have been. This was a wonderful read, start to finish, and I will surely be going back to his prior works. Joe's claim that there are two covenants: "self-realization and self-sacrifice-and that they are completely incapatible" rang throughout this wonderful journey. And we will all of us (men) learn much from the strength of Day. I was sucked into the undertow of this story from the start and I never wanted to escape. It was an magnificent undertow. At times I drifted; other times I was carried willingly. Bravo, Mr. Payne. This was a wonderful read.

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