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Stories from the Sea

by Yngve, Rolf

At sea, the four-hour watch at the end of the work day is cut in half to make two dog watches. Drawn from thirty-five years in the Navy, in a career ranging from from seaman to captain, Rolf Yngve's Dog Watches brings to life the men and women who stand the dog watches, the moments when their decisions define them and shape the lives of those in their care

A former commanding officer finds himself powerless when he confronts a young woman about to leap from a bridge. A captain blames his second-in-command for the crazy decision that ends his career. A heroic young woman discovers the deep tragedy of trafficking. An officer pursuing his duty makes a fatal error that comes to defines his life. The inventory of a dead sailor's locker haunts a young officer's first hours on board ship. The illicit affection between a beloved captain and a shipmate is discovered after a near tragedy.
The stories of DOG WATCHES come from seas where duty and service are lashed by desire, doubt, and human frailty. From his thirty-five years in the U.S. Navy, Captain Rolf Yngve has created compelling reading for anyone struggling with the deep demands of civic duty and personal responsibility.

Rolf Yngve is a career officer in the US Navy who first wrote and published short fiction in the 1970s, when his story "The Quail" was anthologized in BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 1979. After retiring from the Navy in the rank of captain, Yngve turned his full attention to writing, earned an MFA from the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers, and has been a MacDowell Colony Fellow, a Sewanee Scholar, a Bread Loaf Bakeless Camargo Residency Fellow, and a Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Fellow. His recent work has appeared in Five Points, ZYZZYVA, Kenyon Review, Glimmer Train, and elsewhere. His story "Efendim" won the Indiana Review Fiction Prize in 2009, and his memoir piece "Three Tips for Those Returning from Deployment," originally published in War, Literature and the Arts, was a Notable Selection in BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 2013. He lives in Coronado, California.

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DOG WATCHES is oceanic. Literally! In it are the lives of ships and the men and women bound and committed to them. The world of these stories surges up. It plummets down. It searcheshorizon to horizon. The prose is sometimes becalmed. Sometimes raging. This is a collection to learn from.

Quote: David Kranes

A tension-filled exploration of blame and responsibility, guilt and contrition, filled with the beautiful, simple, excruciating details which can only come from an authoritative knowledge of the sea and the inner workings of men. His abiding compassion for flawed humanity buoys each linked story up into a place of unexpected mystery and insight. Darkly strange, strangely moving.

Quote: Goldie Goldbloom

A Prerogative' is an exquisite piece of writing and an utterly absorbing story.

Quote: Tim O’Brien

Yngve writes with an authority borne of experience, close observation, and, most important, insight. These closely, sometimes surprisingly related stories, told without a trace of sentimentality or overstated drama, about events ranging from the comic to the tragic, feel truenot in the way of journalism or nonfiction, but in the way that fiction can express the complex reality of human experience. Ultimately, this is a book about connections and contemplation, and while it focuses on people who happen to serve in the U.S. Navy, its true subject is life.

Quote: Peter Turchi

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