The Lobsterman's Daughter chronicles murder and deceit in five generations of a Maine family, the Markhams. The story's narrator, Henrietta Markham, is a recent Harvard graduate, who submits an early version as her honors thesis. She tells the tale in her own voice and the conjured voices of her relatives, both living and dead. After graduation, in Barcelona she faces her own deceit in omitting her sins from the story and adds a journal that documents her bizarre attempts at expiation and atonement. Markham sends the new version back to her advisor and asks that it be published as her final word on her family's history. In an epilogue Lieberman's author struggles unsuccessfully to regain control of a narrator who is at once incorrigible and essential.
Michael Lieberman, a research physician and poet, has published five collections of poems and won the 2001 Pen-Texas Award for fiction. His first novel, Never Surrender-Never Retreat, was published by Texas Review Press in 2012, and his latest collection of poetry, Bonfire of the Verities, was released by TRP in 2013.