In The Last Resort by Kay Tobler Liss, Nature and History Gives a Lawyer Purpose

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A Manhattan attorney in turmoil finds a remote resort on the end Long Island, where a surfer, a fisherman, and a Native American woman fighting to preserve ancestral land, give him an appreciation of nature, environmental and social justice, and a new purpose in life.

Austin, Texas, 22 Jan, 2021 –The Last Resort: A Novel by Kay Tobler Liss connect a struggling New York lawyer to the beauty and history of the Native American lands on Long Island. Liss lived in Montauk from 1989 to 2002, and maintains ties with the East Hampton Library.


A Manhattan corporate attorney, with career and marriage in turmoil, drives desperately away from all he knows to an out-of-season resort on Long Island. As he struggles to put his life back together, he meets a surfer, a fisherman, and a Native American woman fighting to preserve ancestral land threatened with development, a fight that eventually endangers her life. The tension between past and present comes alive as he finds new meaning in life through the natural world and social justice for a long-oppressed race of people. Copies of The Last Resort, paperback (ISBN: 978-1-63210-080-1) or ebook (ISBN: 978-1-63210-081-8), was released to bookstores and Amazon on July 31, 2020, and can be ordered in quantity from Plain View Press.


As a writer and editor, Kay Tobler Liss worked for newspapers and magazines in New York and Maine for many decades, including Sunstorm Arts, House and Hamptons Magazine, and was managing editor of The Shelter Island Reporter. Liss studied Literature at Bard College and Environmental Studies at Southampton College and taught courses in both fields in New York and Maine. She lived in Montauk, New York for 13 years and now lives in Maine.


“The Last Resort depicts the spiritual journey of a broken man who replenishes his spirit and finds his true self in reconnecting with the natural world. In scenes of surfing in the wild ocean, the blossoming of a romance, and the struggles of the native Montauketts to reclaim their ancestral land, Liss captures the essence of Montauk in all its raw beauty. With luminous prose embedded with philosophical ruminations and Native American truths, this haunting, dreamlike narrative will linger long in the reader’s consciousness.” —Celine Keating, author of Layla and Play for Me, and co-editor of On Montauk: A Literary Celebration


“In this narrative of the spiritual journey undertaken by an exhausted, emotionally drained city lawyer, Kay Liss introduces the insightful perspectives of a cast of memorable characters—Native Americans of Montauk, a young surfer, an old fisherman. Their stories are deftly woven together with the writings of renowned philosophers and conservationists, and set in a stunning, elemental landscape at the tip of Long Island. This is a probing and thought-provoking look at how we can become separated from the natural world, and how we can begin to find our way back.” —Jayne Gordon, public historian, educator, former director of the Thoreau Society


“The Last Resort is a lyrical ode to the power of nature to heal. The story takes the reader on a fascinating exploration of the history and culture of the Montaukett people and their ties to the land.” —Kay Hardy Campbell, author of A Caravan of Brides: A Novel of Saudi Arabia


The book has been widely reviewed at book lover sites like Amazon and Reedsy.


Publisher Plain View Press is a 45-year-old issue-based literary publishing house, a far-flung community of humane and highly creative writers, artists and activists, whose energies bring humanitarian enlightenment and hope to individuals and communities grappling with the issues of our time—peace, justice, the environment, education and gender.

Release ID: 88994469