By Chris Galazzi and Kristina Rodanas
It was not uncommon for whaling captains to include their families on voyages that could last for more than four years, as they sailed beyond their home waters in search of the elusive whale oil that could make them rich or destroy them. For an artist’s journal like this one to lie hidden for well over a century in a Nantucket attic corner, nestled in a wooden box containing the personal belongings of a young girl, is easy to imagine, and early readers will find the fictional drama and rich drawings compelling
Abigail’s adventure captures the emotions of a child growing to young adulthood, lost and lonely while confined to a floating home full of strange men, hunters of whales across the oceans and cultures of the world. All on the eve of the American Civil War.