The Water in Between

A Journey At Sea

Publisher: Vintage Canada
A broken heart leads Kevin Patterson to the dock of a sailboat brokerage on Vancouver Island, where he stands contemplating the romance of the sea and his heartfelt desire to get away. By the end of the day, he finds himself the owner of a thirty-seven-foot ketch called Sea Mouse. Although he's never really been on the ocean before (aside from the odd ferry-ride), he feels compelled to sail to Tahiti and back, to burn away his failings in hard miles at sea.


In August of 1994, I bought a twenty-year-old ferro-cement ketch on the coast of British Columbia. I did this in an effort to distract myself--at the time I was so absorbed in self-pity my eyes were crossed. I had been wandering around marinas sorrowfully leaning my head against dock pilings and losing my train of thought...
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"A graceful meditation on the nature of manhood and life, of escape and independence, and of finding a place in the world.-- Well deserving of a place alongside Bruce Chatwin's The Songlines, Peter Matthiessen's The Snow Leopard, and Paul Theroux's The Happy Isles of Oceania." -Quill & Quire

"The Water in Between is most happily preoccupied, in effect, with the nature of male preoccupation.... Funny and authentic, full of insights...a terrific literary travel story." -Charles Foran, The Globe and Mail