Greenlaw gets adventurous again with ‘Seaworthy’


“Seaworthy: A Swordboat Captain Returns to the Sea” marks Linda Greenlaw’s return to nonfiction and aptly chronicles her return to one of the world’s most dangerous professions: swordfishing.

As it turns out, adventure runs thicker than fish in the Grand Banks. Between her ship, the Seahawk, which turns out to be the rustiest of buckets, to her spry but motley crew, to the perennial technical complexities of longline fishing, the world’s only female swordfish boat captain has her hands full.

And then she runs into the Canadian border guard.

“Seaworthy” is about nature, human and other; and about learning what you can and cannot control. It’s about how a middle-aged woman who sets a high bar for herself copes with challenge, change and frustration.

Greenlaw was featured in the book and film “The Perfect Storm.” She has written three New York Times bestselling nonfiction books about life as a commercial fisherman, as well as a cookbook and two mysteries.

“Seaworthy” will be available for purchase on June 1; publisher, Viking; ISBN: 978-0-670-02192-5; cost, $25.95.