Boat Girl: A Memoir of Youth, Love, & Fiberglass

“Boat Girl” is the heart-breaking memoir of what it’s like to grow up aboard a sailboat. Melanie paints a vivid picture of the trials and tribulations of family life aboard a sailboat without drowning the reader in the technical details of sailing. “Boat Girl” strikes a perfect balance between a coming of age story and a sea tale, enjoyable for boaters and land-lovers alike. More

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About Melanie Neale

Melanie Neale, the author of Boat Girl: A Memoir of Youth, Love, and Fiberglass, grew up aboard a 47’ sailboat traveling the US East Coast and Bahamas. She earned a BFA in Creative Writing from Eckerd College in 2002 and an MFA in Creative Writing from Florida International University in 2006. She has taught college, detailed boats, captained and crewed on boats, coordinated marketing events, and scooped minnows in a bait shop.

Melanie currently works as the Director of Career Services for a private art college in northern Florida, where she lives with her husband and daughter.

Melanie has been published in many literary journals and magazines, including Soundings, Seaworthy, Southwinds, GulfStream, Latitudes & Attitudes, The Miami Herald’s Tropical Life Magazine, Balancing the Tides, The Georgetown Review, RumBum.com and Florida Humanities. Her “Short Story” column appeared bimonthly in Cruising World Magazine from 2006 to 2009.

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Melanie Neale reads from her memoir "Boat Girl"
Melanie Neale reads "Celia in Miami" from her memoir "Boat Girl"at the There Will Be Words reading series in Orlando, FL, April 9, 2013. "Boat Girl" is the heart-breaking memoir of growing up aboard a sailboat. But the cruising life was not all fun in the sun. Melanie struggled with an eating disorder, a turbulent relationship with her father, and the alienation of being a boat kid.

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