A Story of Freedom, Risk, and Living Your Dream
For seven months, Joe Upton steered his thirty-foot boat, the Doreen, through the open channels and narrow, twisting passageways of Southeast Alaska, living the life of an itinerant commercial fisherman far from home. This is his award-winning account of that season—the lonely hours at sea as well as the close community of the fishing fleet; the sudden, violent storms and glorious days of sun; the difficult, frenzied work and quiet moments of contemplation.
In this new third edition from Epicenter Press, Alaska Blues remains a powerful evocation of time and place—of a people and their way of life, and haunting, beautiful shores that draw them back, season after season.
“…A beautifully written book about commercial fishing in coastal waters. Joe Upton delivers both the reality and romance of Southeast Alaska.”
--David Guterson, author of Snow Falling on Cedars
“Alaska Blues is the moving, true account of a season of fishing, living on the edge, surviving not only on the whims of nature but also the shifting fortunes of the fishing industry.”
--Palo Alto, California, Daily News
“One of the most unique sea sags ever written…wonderfully awash in salt air and water.”
--Ernest K. Gann, author of The High and the Mighty
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Joe Upton was a commercial fisherman for 25 years in Alaska and Maine. He lives with his wife on Bainbridge Island, Washington, and Vinalhaven Island, Maine.