The Shell Seekers is the sweeping tale of Penelope Stern Keeling and her family. It’s also the title of a painting by her father and given to her when she married. We learn Penelope’s story in flashback form – much of it taking place during WWII. A fair amount is also in the present (at the time the book was published – the mid 1980s). If you’re a fan of family sagas and haven’t yet read The Shell Seekers, you’re in for a treat.
The chapters are titled after important characters in the story. I thought the book was a fair reading experience until the chapter “Richard” – that’s when it became a wonderful story for me. I couldn’t put the book down from that point on. I’m so glad I finally got around to reading it.