By Greg Coppa (2018; Stillwater River Publications; $15.95)
Second Chances tells of St.thomas charter-boat captain Skip Thornton and his wild ride toward selfrealization. The novel has the rich tone of Randy Wayne White’s Doc Ford mysteries: well-developed characters coping with complex dynamics between locals, tourists and waterborne vagabonds.
White’s prose reeks of the Florida backwaters and their culturally threatened inhabitants; Coppa’s evokes imagery of the too-free-andeasy Caribbean life, and of quiet Wickford, Rhode Island, where Thornton ultimately fetches up. Few profundities will be found in Coppa’s Second Chances — just revelations of unseen rhythms of sailing communities and those who carve out lives in them, balancing carefree days on the water with those simply trying to stay afloat. —Nim Marsh