Highliners: The Classic Novel about the Commercial Fishermen of Alaska
Upon its publication in 1979, Bill McCloskey’s Highliners won acclaim and a cult following for its rousing, realistic portrayal of the world of the Alaska Fishery. “Highliners” is the commercial fishermen’s term for their own elite, the skippers and crews who bring in the biggest hauls. Set in Kodiak, Highliners brings into sharp relief the lives of the men and women who make their living catching salmon, king crab, halibut, and shrimp off the coast of Alaska.
Hank Crawford comes to Kodiak as a college student to work in the canneries during the summer. But he is inexorably drawn to the water and to the hard, often brutal existence of the fishermen, and ultimately, he joins their ranks. Highliners chronicles Hank’s journey from greenhorn to highliner, and the triumphs and tragedies of the people he comes to know so well.
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