Sonja Yoerg grew up in Stowe, Vermont, where she financed her college education by waitressing at the Trapp Family Lodge. She earned a Ph.D. in biopsychology from the University of California, Berkeley and wrote a nonfiction book about animal intelligence, Clever as a Fox (Bloomsbury USA, 2001). She has also authored six novels, including the Washington Post and International bestseller, True Places. Sonja lives with her husband in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.
“Families, like ships at sea, sometimes founder on hidden rocks and begin to break apart. Which is exactly what happens to the Vergennes family in Sonja Yoerg’s luminous The Family Ship. Only a heart of stone would be immune to the charm of the Vergennes children, all nine of them. Yoerg offers this large, disparate crew to the reader with the wisdom and compassion of a consummate storyteller. And she tops off the tale with one of the most exciting finales I’ve read in years. I recommend this book with my whole heart.” – William Kent Krueger, New York Times bestselling author of This Tender Land
Pull-out: “Luminous…I recommend this book with my whole heart.”
Publishers Weekly starred review: “This richly drawn and insightful story demonstrates an exceptionally deep understanding of family relationships.”
Q1: What’s the premise of your new book?
On the Chesapeake Bay in 1980, ex-Navy man Arthur Vergennes transforms an old oysterboat into an elaborate make-believe naval destroyer and installs his nine children as the crew. When the family is capsized by tragedy, it’s up to Verity, the eldest daughter and reluctant captain, to save them all.
Q2: What would you like people to know about the story itself?