Alice Hoffman is the author of fifteen novels, most recently The Probable Future, one book of stories, Local Girls, and five books for children, including Green Angel. Her book of stories, which includes The Edge of the World, was published by Doubleday. 
Dec 01 2003
The Edge of the World
It was said that boys should go on their first sea voyage at the age of ten, but surely this notion was never put forth by anyone’s mother. If the bay were to be raised one degree in temperature for every woman who had lost the man or child she loved at sea, the water would have been boiling, throwing off steam even in the dead of winter, poaching the bluefish and herrings as they swam.