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Sea state : a memoir / Tabitha Lasley.

Lasley, Tabitha, (author.).


"A stunning and brutally honest memoir that shines a light on what happens when female desire conflicts with a culture of masculinity in crisis In her midthirties and newly free from a terrible relationship, Tabitha Lasley quit her job at a London magazine, packed her bags, and poured her savings into a six-month lease on an apartment in Aberdeen, Scotland. She decided to make good on a long-deferred idea for a book about oil rigs and the men who work on them. Why oil rigs? She wanted to see what men were like with no women around. In Aberdeen, Tabitha became deeply entrenched in the world of roughnecks, a teeming subculture rich with brawls, hard labor, competition, and the deepest friendships imaginable. The longer she stayed, the more she found her presence had a destabilizing effect on the men--and her. Sea State is on the one hand a portrait of an overlooked industry: "offshore" is a way of life for generations of primarily working-class men and also a potent metaphor for those parts of life we keep at bay--class, masculinity, the transactions of desire, and the awful slipperiness of a ladder that could, if we tried hard enough, lead us to security. Sea State is on the other hand the story of a journalist whose professional distance from her subject becomes perilously thin. In Aberdeen, Tabitha gets high and dances with abandon, reliving her youth, when the music was good and the boys were bad. Twenty years on, there is Caden: a married rig worker who spends three weeks on and three weeks off. Alone and in an increasingly precarious state, Tabitha dives into their growing attraction. The relationship, reckless and explosive, will lay them both bare"-- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9780063030831
  • ISBN: 0063030837
  • Physical Description: xiv, 220 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2021]

Content descriptions

General Note:
"Originally published as Sea State in the United Kingdom in 2021 by 4th Estate"--Title page verso.
Formatted Contents Note:
T block -- Foum Assaka -- Tiffany -- T-211 -- Tern -- Brent Field -- Piper Bravo -- Ninian Central -- Clyde.
Subject: Lasley, Tabitha.
Lasley, Tabitha > Homes and haunts > Scotland > Aberdeen.
Offshore oil industry > North Sea > Employees.
Drilling platforms > North Sea.
Journalists > Great Britain > Biography.
Women journalists > Great Britain > Biography.
Oil industry workers > Great Britain > Social conditions.
Oil industry workers > Sexual behavior > Great Britain.
Oil well drilling rigs > Great Britain.
Men > Great Britain > Identity.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Social Classes & Economic Disparity.
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Natural Resource Extraction.
Drilling platforms.
Men > Identity.
Offshore oil industry > Employees.
Oil well drilling rigs.
Women journalists.
Atlantic Ocean > North Sea.
Great Britain.
Scotland > Aberdeen.
Genre: Autobiographies.

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