Green Ghost, Blue Ocean

Winner of the 2019 Pottersfield Prize for Creative Nonfiction

About the book

Green Ghost, Blue Ocean is a travel memoir about a 40,000 nautical mile adventure that spans seventeen years. Early in their careers, Jennifer and her husband Nik come to realize that the rewards in the corporate world will always be the same – more money to buy more things, but never time off for self-discovery. When they begin to imagine a life outside the norm, they seize on the idea of long-distance sailing as the perfect way to journey down a road less travelled.

Green Ghost, Blue Ocean is a story about taking time and taking a risk, about unwittingly losing your identity while simultaneously redefining yourself in ways never imagined. It is a story about the importance of starting and the acceptance of an imperfect plan. It is a tale of the triumph of conviction: if you believe that you’ll figure it out when you get there, it’s amazing how far you can go.

Praise for Green Ghost, Blue Ocean

… an entertaining and joyful book…

Dana Gee, Vancouver Sun

“Jennifer M Smith leads a life many desk jockeys surely only dream about. The good news is, she writes as well as she lives, bringing readers hearts and minds along for 40,000 nautical miles and over a decade of sailing to remote destinations…”

Chris Benjamin, “Autumn/Winter Staff Picks”, Atlantic Books Today

“This will make you laugh out loud from the first chapter… a refreshingly frank… humorous and exciting account of a lengthy circumnavigation… a rattling good read and one you won’t want to put down…”

Sue Richards, Editor, Noonsite

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