Where Fish Can Breathe by Tricia D. Wagner


Ten-year-old Swift is weary of being “the Lad,” and he longs to feel a sense of belonging with his three older brothers. When a chance strikes to go night fishing together on their father's mighty brigantine, the Regulus, it seems the perfect chance for Swift to prove himself.

When night falls, however, when stars rise and the fishing begins—as Swift ventures into the wilds of the sea and its creatures—a sense of alienation creeps in.

To realize his place in the strange water world, he must summon the courage to confront the North Atlantic with all its savagery. And to learn what it means to be one of four brothers, Swift must rally the bravery to reveal to them, at the heart, who he is.

Come sail the North Atlantic with Swift and his family in this poignant coming-of-age novelette.

“In the spirit of The Old Man and the Sea and Moby Dick, Tricia D. Wagner tells a grand story of the sea, brotherhood, manhood, fear, and fathers and sons in taut, vivid prose that evokes the power of a timeless Greek fable. There is deep meaning in this tale; a story ripe with rings of significance. Read again and again, and you'll discover another poignant layer each time.”
-David W. Berner, award-winning author of October Song.