An exhilharating read." - The Washington Times This is an incredibly robust evocation of the sailing world of Puget Sound.The New York Times Book Review Jim Lynch is an extraordinary writer." Lynch writes about the science of sailing and the grandeur of Puget Sound with a Melville-like attention to detail, but in the very concreteness of those details a kind of poetry emerges that speaks of the transience of life in all its terrible beauty and exhilarating terror.Booklist "Not just any writer could weave a story about sailing, speed dating, dysfunctional family dynamics and Albert Einstein into an emotionally resonant novel, but Jim Lynch is the man for it." -- The Seattle Times "Jim Lynch does for sailing what "A River Runs Through It" did for fly-fishing." -- Luis Alberto Urrea, "Hummingbird's Daughter" "In Before the Wind, author Jim Lynch tells the engaging tale of the Johannssens, a sailing family that's like a distillation of all the eccentric, funny and cranky sailors you've ever met.All too many writers have failed to convey both the technicalities and the spiritual joys of sailing in a manner that will engage the uninitiated without alienating the experienced, but lifelong sailor Lynch carries it off with this enjoyable read."Sail Magazine "Glorious.(or like me), the idea of dating a sailor, his hair wind-whipped gold and skin bronzed by the sun, might make you want to throw away your landlocked life for one of adventure and romance on the high seas. They’re all at your fingertips with a sailor at your side.The Florida Times Union "From the first paragraph I was hooked by Jim Lynch's language, his humor, his wisdom.
A story of family, fortune and change that critics have justly compared to Ken Keseys classic `Sometimes a Great Notion.
I mean, there’s nothing more romantic than sitting perched on a deck box, shoulder to shoulder, watching a sailor’s skillful hands shape those endless bowlines and stoppers as he explains his methods. But a second later, the wind will change and he’ll be rushing off to lower the mizzen, and you’ll be left sitting there holding a dangling rope, wondering if it was something you said. Of course, like the rest of us, you live in the real world, so one day, he’ll be watching the sunset over the yardarm in Bali, while you’re sitting at home consoling yourself with a weak Mai Tai and trying to keep tabs on him by watching a moving dot on Marine
Carrying all that ancient seafaring knowledge around with them, sailors are invariably wicked smart and can teach you things about currents and tides and maritime regulations that will leave your head spinning. Why wouldn’t they, when they just spent a month at sea stone cold sober, working 12-hour days?
But they are also chronically overworked and under appreciated, so sailors can develop a chip on their shoulder the size of the QE2…then take it out on you. However, you may find the bacchanal ending abruptly when he flips the dinghy trying to get back to the boat at 4am after one too many Windhoeks. Well, you could put him in bed with the captain’s daughter, but don’t be surprised if he passes out on top of her.
The Huffington Post A breathtaking, emotionally satisfying and genuinely surprising piece of work. Lynch writes powerfully and naturalistically, plunging the reader into an alien world, all the while concealing, like the best of magicians, what is really going on. The Toronto Star "An affectionate and very funny tribute to the gentle madness of sailing diehards." - The Wall Street Journal "A brilliantly crafted family story ...
Before the Wind cant help but leave you enthralled, inspired and thirsty for more.