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“Zentner displays more talent and controlled craftsmanship in The Lobster Kings than many other writers will manage in a career’s worth of novels”
The Toronto Star

"Zentner's literary tour de force takes hold of the reader's imagination and doesn't let go.”
Library Journal starred review
“Extraordinary story-telling not to be missed."

“brutal and beautiful”

Publishers Weekly
“His fusion of myth and mission, fury and beauty, as well as the palpable sense of place in this unique corner of the world add up to a memorable tale.”

“With its strong female lead and its evocative setting, this could well be Zentner’s breakout book.”

“A deeply satisfying novel that reveals what is required by and given to those who inherit a family’s legacy.”
Outside Magazine

Nominated (shortlisted) for the Ontario Library Association Forest of Reading Evergreen Award for Adult Fiction
Longlisted for the Maine Library Readers’ Choice Award
A New York Post Best Book of Summer
A Toronto Life Must-Read
A Windsor Star Must-Read
A Paris Star Library Pick
A LibraryReads Top Book Pick
A Top Shelf Spring Pick
A Millions Most Anticipated Book of 2014
A National Post Most Anticipated (Canadian) Book of 2014
Minneapolis Star Tribune Summer Books Must-Read
Boston Magazine Summer Must-Read


From the internationally acclaimed author of Touch, praised as “breathtaking” (People) and “lovely…at once dreamy and riveting” (Washington Post), comes a powerful family saga steeped in the legends of the sea.

Set in a lobster fishing village,
The Lobster Kings introduces a fiery and unforgettable heroine, Cordelia Kings.

Lobster Kings Canadian cover

The Kings family has lived on Loosewood Island for three hundred years, blessed with the bounty of the sea. But for the Kings, this blessing comes with a curse: the loss of every firstborn son. Now, Woody Kings, the leader of the island’s lobster fishing community and the family patriarch, teeters on the throne, and Cordelia, the oldest of Woody’s three daughters, stands to inherit the crown. To do so, however, she must defend her island from meth dealers from the mainland, while navigating sibling rivalry and the vulnerable nature of her own heart when she falls in love with her sternman.

Inspired by Shakespeare’s King Lear, The Lobster Kings is the story of Cordelia’s struggle to maintain her island’s way of life in the face of danger from offshore, and the rich, looming, mythical legacy of her family’s namesake.

read an excerpt in Guernica

Selected praise for Alexi’s debut novel Touch

"it takes some writers an entire career to write a novel like
Touch. Zentner did it on his first try"
The National Post

PEOPLE Magazine

"the future of this country's literature"

"bursts onto the literary scene"

"dazzling ... a talent to watch"
The Times of London

"beautifully written .... [Zentner has created] one of the more remarkable and original characters in recent fiction, a figure who suggests Paul Bunyan as imagined by Gabriel Garcia Marquez"
The Washington Post