1. Storm Tide

    A Novel

    Marge Piercy, Ira Wood

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    A washed-up minor league pitcher gets more than he bargained for when his affair with an older woman draws him into a tangled web of deceit and scandal

    When Cape Cod high school star pitcher David Greene left home, everyone in his small beach town rallied behind his dream of making it in the pros. No one expected the local legend to return broke a few years later, with an undistinguished minor league record and a painful divorce behind him. As he tries to rebuild his life, David begins an affair with Judith Silver—one that her much older, terminally ill husband, Gordon, condones on the condition that David run for a seat on the town’s board of selectman against Gordon’s political rival.

    Set in a lushly drawn seaside resort town, this thrilling novel pushes its complicated and fascinating characters to extremes of emotion. Driven by passion and a lust for power, David, Judith, and Gordon are all guilty of seduction and manipulation that will result in irrevocable consequences. As David’s romantic and political involvements escalate at a fever pitch, a forceful storm rolls in off the ocean, leading up to a tumultuous climax.
  2. Pub Date
    Open Road Integrated Media

Editorial Reviews

  • “[Storm Tide] speaks with one powerful voice, moving inexorably toward tragedy even as it offers a hint of redemption.” —The New York Times Book Review

  • “A carefully, artfully, and . . . seamlessly told story . . . The reader is totally engrossed in this stylish depiction of small-town politics, sexual vulnerability, [and] insecurity of the heart.” —Booklist

  • “A great mystery, an intelligent political thriller, and an emotional hurricane. It’s also erotic to the core, and written to read as fast as a fierce nor’easter blowing hard across turbulent water.” —John Nichols

  • “A seamless coming-of-age story . . . A wise tale, in a vividly rendered setting, of men and women learning to live and love more fully.” —Kirkus Reviews

  • Praise for Marge Piercy

  • “Here is somebody with the guts to go into the deepest core of herself, her time, her history, and risk more than anybody else has so far, just out of a love for the truth and a need to tell it. It’s about time.” —Thomas Pynchon on Dance the Eagle to Sleep

  • “One of the most important writers of our time.” —Erica Jong

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About the authors

Marge Piercy

Marge Piercy (b. 1936) is the author of nineteen poetry collections, including The Hunger Moon and Made in Detroit, and seventeen novels, including the New York Times bestseller Gone to Soldiers and He, She and It, winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award for science fiction. She has also written a memoir, Sleeping with Cats; a collection of short stories, The Cost of Lunch, Etc.; and five nonfiction books. A champion of feminism, antiwar, and ecological movements, Piercy often includes political themes in her work and features strong female characters who challenge traditional gender roles. Her book of poetry The Moon Is Always Female is considered a seminal feminist text. Piercy’s other works include Woman on the Edge of Time, The Longings of Women, and City of Darkness, City of Light. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, radio personality and author Ira Wood, with whom she cowrote the novel Storm Tide.

Ira Wood

Ira Wood (b. 1950) is the author of three novels, the comic memoir You’re Married to Her?, and So You Want to Write: How to Master the Craft of Writing Fiction and Memoir, which was coauthored by Marge Piercy, with whom he created Leapfrog Press. Wood’s talk show, The Lowdown, addresses politics, books, and national trends. It airs on WOMR-FM, the Pacifica network affiliate on Cape Cod. Visit him online at irawood.com.