This debut novel from Nick Dybek is as dark and imposing as the Pacific Northwest Seas that provide a constant backdrop in this coming of age story meets morality play. When Captain Flint Was Still a Good Man is told from the, wise beyond his years, perspective of 14 year old Cal the son of a king crab fisherman from Loyalty Island, Washington who over the course of the year that is being remembered in the novel discovers a dark secret that will force him to come to grips with the disintegration of his family, his innocence, and his understanding of life as he knows it. The extreme measures that people will take to ensure the preservation of their livelihood and the protection of their loved ones, leads to a terrible choice for young Cal and the book builds to this choice up until the very last pages. A well paced and suspenseful novel, When Captain Flint Was Still a Good Man is the kind of powerful debut that solidifies an author’s name in your mind and will make you seek out all that they write in the future. Don’t miss this one.
And don’t miss Nick Dybek talking about his novel, his writing process, and more when he speaks at the Oshtemo Branch of the Kalamazoo Public Library on June 7th at 6:30 p.m. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing (thanks to the fine folks at Bookbug) at the event.
When Captain Flint Was Still a Good Man