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Seeker: A Sea Odyssey by Rita Pomade

Finalist for Concordia University First Book Prize in 2019


Seeker: A Sea Odyssey begins as a fairy tale dream of finding Shangri la, and transforms along the way because of unrealistic expectations and a disintegrating marriage. It’s a story about venturing into an unknown and more exciting life, and the heartbreak and growth that comes with the risks. The adventure lasts six years, from the building of the Santa Rita to her sale to a drug dealer in Spain in the summer of 1986. Our live-aboard home takes us to Hong Kong, the Philippines, Borneo, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, India, Yemen, the Sudan, Egypt, Israel, Cyprus, Turkey, Rhodes, Greece, Italy, and Spain. And in relation to all that I had experienced, what I decide when offered by my ex-husband and best friend the possibility of sailing with him again thirty years later.


“Hey Bernard, Roland phoned a short while ago. Something about a friend of his with a yacht in Tunisia that he wants you to sell. He says to get in touch with him.”
We’re talking by Skype. Bernard, my ex-husband, lives in Mexico. I’m in Montreal. We talk almost every day. Skype collapses distances and there’s no sense that he’s away—just a feeling of expanded space around me. It’s a good feeling. I show him the cats, go for a coffee, and take a short phone call. He leaves the computer to grab a snack while he waits for me to get off the phone. We have an easy relationship, though it wasn’t always that way.
“Are you interested?” I continue when he’s back in his seat.
“I’m thinking about it,” he replies. “Roland’s already sent me an email. The guy really wants to get rid of his yacht, but there’s no market in Tunisia. Tahiti is the place. If the owner is willing, I’m in. Are you coming with me? We can do it again. Better this time.”

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