Peter Benchley's fascination with the sea and its magnificent inhabitants inspired such classic novels as "Jaws" and "The Deep," making him the preeminent author of ocean adventure and suspense. "The" "Girl of the Sea of Cortez" was his most heartfelt, cherished story of the relationship between man and the sea, both those that live in it and those who love it.
On an island in the Gulf of California, an intrepid young woman named Paloma carries a special legacy from her father a deep understanding of the sea and a sixth sense about the need to protect it.
Every day, Paloma paddles her tiny boat into the ocean and anchors over a seamount a submerged volcanic peak sixty feet underwater that is clustered with spectacular sea animals and a wondrous web of marine life.
It is there that an astonishing event takes place, when on one of her dives Paloma is shadowed by a manta ray an animal so large it blocks the sun. She develops an extraordinary relationship with this luminous, gentle creature, but instinctively knows its existence is a secret she must fiercely protect.
Benchley's novel paints a poignant picture of humanity's precarious relationship with the ocean, which unfolds alongside a heartrending story of familial bonds, often revealing that the ignorance of man is far more dangerous than the sea. Full of beauty, danger, and adventure, "The Girl of the Sea of Cortez" is triumphant a novel to fall in love with.
Praise for "The Girl of the Sea of Cortez"
It's hard not to compare Benchley's tale . . . with Hemingway's classic "The Old Man and the Sea." "The Christian Science Monitor"
Charming. "The New York Times Book Review"
For a hot summer's day, "The Girl of the Sea of Cortez" is the next best thing to looking through a clear face mask into blue water swimming with fish. United Press International.
About the Author
Peter Benchley (1940 2006) was an American author best known for writing the novel "Jaws" and cowriting the screenplay for its highly successful film adaptation. The success of the book led to many publishers commissioning books about mutant rats, rabid dogs and the like threatening communities. The subsequent film directed by Steven Spielberg is generally acknowledged as the first summer blockbuster. Benchley also wrote "The Deep" and "The Island", which were also adapted into films, and several other novels. A champion of conservation, he was a compelling author for shark fans and foes alike.
“It’s hard not to compare Benchley’s tale . . . with Hemingway’s classic The Old Man and the Sea.”—The Christian Science Monitor
“Charming.”—The New York Times Book Review
“For a hot summer’s day, The Girl of the Sea of Cortez is the next best thing to looking through a clear face mask into blue water swimming with fish.”—United Press International