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historical fiction
by Tim Bridwell

ISBN 978-1-61019-105-0
Release Date: 1 December 2014
paperback list price $17.50
ebook list price $4.99

Sophronia Lambert, a schoolteacher on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, lives a quiet life; that is until Nantucket whaling captain James Folger comes ashore. Realizing he is the man who killed her deaf brother, she decides to pursue vengeance – first at home, then at sea-sailing to the far side of the world as his bride. As she grapples with madness and morality, Sophronia’s quest mirrors that of her island community: to find a way forward amidst the pressures of a brutal industry, a nation mired in Civil War, and a past darker than the ocean’s abyss.


Tim Bridwell was born in New York City and raised on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. He earned his BFA in Film from Emerson College, graduating Summa Cum Laude. He wrote and directed the award winning feature film Rendezvous in Samarkand and short HAZE, both shot in Morocco. His screenplay of Sophronia L. won the 2010 “Golden Lion Award” at the George Lindsey/UNA Film Festival. He is a full member of the International House of Japan, in Tokyo. He lives in Paris with his wife and two children. Sophronia L. is his first novel.


“The safe and sunny island of Martha’s Vineyard would seem an unlikely place for premeditated murder and vengeance of an epic and biblical sort, but in this absorbing novel Tim Bridwell takes us back to the 19th century, and there finds the Vineyard’s heart of darkness. Sophronia L. is both sea yarn and crime novel, reminiscent in its sweep and darkness of The Innocent Voyage (A High Wind in Jamaica).”

John Hough Jr., Little Bighorn (Arcade Publishing), Seen the Glory and The Last Summer (Simon & Schuster)

“Tim Bridwell shows again why old New England and its historic whaling industry is a perfect backdrop for a mysterious thriller.  Beautifully referenced, historically illuminating, and eerily imaginative, Sophronia L. will hold your attention long after the last page is read.”

John McCaffrey, The Book of Ash (Boxfire Press)


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