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William Phineas Farnsworth—or “Farnsy,” as he’s known to his friends—is a young police officer in his hometown on the Maine coast. Summer people have started migrating back, and Farnsy’s old flame Lucy, the ex-wife of a lobsterman, is as elusive as ever.

Fiction. Women's Studies. Described in a Kirkus starred review as a triumphant, probing debut with literary and mass market appeal, RIVER TALK introduces an unforgettable array of characters.

The first in a series, OTHER WISE introduces a cast of characters who will find their way into your dreams and beyond. Sixty-two-year-old Margaret Meader is both a native Mainer and an outsider.

"Baby Amos, I promise you that I will do my best . . ."
All Righty wants is to become a midwife to keep others
from feeling the pain of losing a baby. But without a school on
Henning's Island, how will she be able to keep her promise to her
stillborn baby brother?
"You ain't never goin' to be no hero "

In the early 1960s, Hallowell, Maine was a sleepy small city on the Kennebec River. Dip Barrett ran a beer store where he socialized with local criminals and took bets for horse racing tracks around the state.

In the early 1960s, Hallowell, Maine was a sleepy small city on the Kennebec River. Dip Barrett ran a beer store where he socialized with local criminals and took bets for horse racing tracks around the state. Law enforcement agencies turn a criminal investigation into a hunt for a secret item gone missing. Phil, a local hoodlum, establishes unusual relationships.

The Selective Service was offering Leonard Hill two opportunities. He could sit in a Marine Corps watchtower and observe his mirror across the fence line at Guantanamo, Cuba, or he could sit in a U.S. Army watch tower and observe the largest minefield in the world on the 38th parallel in Korea. He chose a third option.

The thirteenth annual Goose River Anthology, 2015 is a fine collection of the best poetry, fiction, and essays submitted to us from all parts of the United States. There are over 90 talented authors represented in this volume. Many are seasoned writers while some are being published for the first time. Don't miss your chance to experience this rare treasure.

Let Me Tell A Story is quite a departure from the military crime fiction Betit has published in the past. Written in the same tight but detailed style characteristic of his earlier books, this collection is a mix of short fiction and memoir, first-person stories that take place over a period of nearly 60 years.

Phu Bai: A Vietnam War Story It is June 1967, and United States military involvement in South Vietnam is nearing its zenith. As the war rachets up, John Murphy and Charles Van Dyck of the Army's Criminal Investigation Division investigate the murder of an American soldier at Phu Bai. War intrudes as the two investigators build their case against the most likely suspect.

In this sequel to Phu Bai, CID investigator John Murphy travels to a remote U.S. military base in East Africa during the summer of 1968 to investigate the mysterious death of an American soldier. Evidence points to a marauding band of Eritrean rebels. The investigation becomes personal when someone tries to kill Murphy, still coming to grips with his Vietnam War experience.

In the summer of 1971, Army CID investigator John Murphy goes undercover to find a murderer hiding among the U.S. military deserters who have taken refuge in Sweden during the Vietnam War. At the same time, Swedish police inspector Magnus Lund tries to learn the identity of a body found floating in the historic G ta Canal.

It's the eighties and Lily Harmon, newly single, embarks on a journey that lands her in the Caribbean. As she waits out the hurricane of the century on the island of St. Margeaux, Lily faces her fears by mentally walking through the accidental adventures that have become her life, all beginning with her arrival on the island of Puerto Rico.

Before her tears are fully spent, Prudence Stone is on a plane heading to Maine. The timely inheritance, a seaside cottage located in what appears to be a backwater town void of romantic temptations, promises to be the panacea for her broken heart.

  1. vast ocean beyond the ledge of Oyster Cove beckons Prudence Stone from her salt-sprayed art studio. Her six-year marriage to Nick Pelletier is deteriorating faster than the Maine weather, and the lure of Italy is strong. Reaching out to her adopted Italian family, she is caught in a web of her own making.

Sex & Drugs & Rock n Bowl This is serious business. Newly promoted Chief Homicide Detective Jack Diamonds first case is to solve the death of the towns most famous resident, professional bowler Biff Bower. Bowers body was found standing upright on the eve of his annual Memorial Day weekend bowling tournament. An illegal, grueling 72-hour winner-take-all marathon tournament.

Keys To The Truculent Me contains fifty odd (as in "off-kilter," not "he lost count after fifty") essays in which author John Branning dissects the most mundane of topics (among them: cats, toilet paper, the Kardashians) and finds something objectionable about nearly all.

"A remarkable Civil War tale about Northern characters fighting for their own freedom as they seek revenge." -KIRKUS REVIEWS

"Crime caper meets riverine adventure in this whimsical yet riveting tale." -US Review of Books

Fiction. The ten linked stories in Jason Brown's A FAITHFUL BUT MELANCHOLY ACCOUNT OF SEVERAL BARBARITIES LATELY COMMITTED follow John Howland and his descendants as they struggle with their New England legacy as one of the country's founding families and the decaying trappings of that esteemed past.

The arrival of two Beluga whales threatens to split Maine's Quarry Cove and Pepper Mill villages. Angry Quarry Cove fishermen fearing for the loss of their fishing, prepare to kill the whales, while Pepper Mill Village packers see a better solution. Tiny Quarry Cove is flooded with crowds of excited whale watchers angering the police chief who joins the anti-whale crowd.

Winner of the 2010 Mom's Choice Award, Moonbeam Children's Book Award, and the London, Paris, NY, Hollywood, San Francisco, and New England Book Awards for Young Adults. Free Camp, which somehow became known as FreeK Camp, is for special kids. But just how special most people will never know.

Winner of the 2012 Mom's Choice Award, the 2012 Halloween Book Festival Award, and 6 others. The FreeKs are back so, naturally, trouble's not far behind. Several of the kids have returned-a year older and more adept with their paranormal skills. There's also a hot new guy, Damon.

Grand prize winner of the 2014 Florida Book Festival Award (and category winner for Young Adult Fiction), 2015 Florida Authors & Publishers Award silver, 2014 Mom's Choice Award gold for Young Adults, Best Y.A. Fiction at the New England Book Festival, runner-up for Best Young Adult Fiction at the Halloween Book Festival Awards.

The year is AD 499. Hell's Gates are open, and Daemon prepares for Armageddon. World leaders believe the breached Door Bolt is but a rumor, and only Prester John and his Grail Warriors are left to fight the Prince of Darkness. But there's a slight problem. Prester John panics and resurrects five handicapped warriors.

Lucky Lunt is an endangered species: a third generation lobsterman who works the same Maine waters as his father and grandfather in a boat called The Wooden Nickel. He can identify every car in town from the sound of its engine, but his world is changing faster then he can fathom. His wife has become an artist, selling sea-glass sculptures to tourists.

Johanna Cashman and John McCarthy, along with over a million others, immigrated to America to escape a devastating famine. They left behind family members who faced starvation to come to a land that would give them a new opportunity for a good life. They were soon made aware that they were not welcome in this new land and that every day would present a new struggle for survival.

Silas Crockett traces life on the Maine coast through four generations of a seafaring family. This is a one-hundred-year epic filled with vibrant descriptions of the sweeping cultural, economic, and philosophical changes that washed over Maine.

The small seaside town of York, Maine is the perfect backdrop for this lighthearted novel. Like most people, music has always been a huge influence on my life, my moods, and on my attempt at finding love.

The Soundtrack to my Life trilogy is a creative blend of fact and fiction, drawn from my many memories of growing up in York Beach, Maine. The small seaside town continues to be the perfect backdrop for this lighthearted trilogy.

From mix tapes to heartbreaks...Every summer has a story...This is mineThis final book takes place between 2003 & 2004, which were quite possibly the most emotional and impactful summers yet; not just for Josh, but for ALL three of our main characters.As the summer of 2003 got underway, although Josh was still searching for his Mrs.

Ecstasy and Distress is a historical family saga and romance that spans several generations. The story unfolds as a Jewish immigrant family settles in the busy and growing city of Portland, Maine, in 1840. Here they find many hardships as they confront anti-Semitism, nativism, and adjustment difficulties as they gain acceptance as peddlers and shopkeepers.

Our Seas of Fear and Love is a romance-family saga set primarily in Maine but also in Europe, Boston, and the Southwest. Calm and stormy seas are emblematic of the characters, their influence upon one another, and the conflicts and love expressed among the four main characters - Brigit, Deirdre, Gregory and tienne Moreau, a man who searches out art treasures to sell to museums.

Miriam Colwell's Contentment Cove-her fourth novel set in Maine and her first in more than five decades-is a riveting story of class distinctions in a 1950s Down East coastal village during a time of cultural change. Dot-Fran, Hilary, and Mina are three residents of a Maine coastal village in the 1950s. Dot-Fran, the youngest, is a native; she runs the town's drug store.

Young is a lively and moving story of one young woman's restlessness and struggle with life in a small Maine coastal town during the 1950s. Its timeless themes continue to resonate as Evelyn, a recent high school graduate, confronts the question: What am I going to do with my life?

"Coomer is clearly an author of serious talent." —The Washington Post Book World

Joshua Chamberlain and the Civil War: At Every Hazard is a historical novel about one of that war's genuine heroes, a college professor with no formal military training who, together with a small company of men, turned the tide of the battle and the war with a bayonet charge at Gettysburg. This was not the end of his exploits, however, and by war's end, he was so respected that Ulysses S.

Natalie Pickford Andrews gives birth to a baby girl at the young age of eighteen and her parents force her to give the baby up for adoption. After she attempts to commit suicide, she is no longer physically able to have a child of her own.

"I've been dating since I was fifteen. I'm exhausted. Where is he?" -Kristin Davis as Charlotte York, 'Sex and the City'Bebe meets the boy she thinks is the love of her life in high school. Believing that it should all just be easy, she is surprised with how much she struggles with her relationships, both with her family and with her boyfriends.

"I propose a toast " declared Inspector Dupree as he held up his glass. "A toast to the bravest, smartest girl on the island of St. Vincent.

The eighteenth annual Goose River Anthology, 2020 is a fine collection of the best poetry, fiction, and essays submitted to us from all parts of the United States. There are over 80 talented authors represented in this volume. Many are seasoned writers while some are being published for the first time. Don't miss your chance to experience this rare treasure.

Real estate mogul Russell Dodge has coveted Maine's pristine Sheffield Peak for years, so when its owner finally decides to sell, Dodge hurries to Maine to close the deal right before Christmas.

Crisis specialist Thea Kozak is called to the campus of an elite New Hampshire private school to help the administration deal with an angry African-American basketball player who claims she's being stalked. There is nothing warm and fuzzy about the complainant. Shondra Jones is a six foot three, tightly coiled bundle of rage and resentment. She's also sixteen, scared, and far from home.

"Perchance I suffer only mildly from claustrophobia but when I learned of the horrors and scarcely imaginable dangers of the tunnels of Ku Chi under the Iron Triangle of Vietnam all those years back, I was one big goosebump. Then I met and talked with Tunnel Rat Six, aka Jack Flowers. Now he has written his memoir, telling us the way it was.

This Time Might Be Different by award-winning writer Elaine Ford is a collection of stories in which deftly drawn characters contemplate difficult choices: a young girl might have coffee with a stranger; a guy might decide to rob the local laundromat; or a widow might get in the car and just keep driving.

Seventeen-year-old Hummingbird Windsor should have known that stealing glitzy clothing in exchange for protection from an ex-boyfriend/bully wasn't a smart move. In legal trouble, she is sent to live with her estranged father in Bellesport, Maine where she must volunteer in the locked memory care unit on which her grandmother has recently been placed. Tragedy ensues.

The "wonderful first novel about life, love, and lobster fishing" (USA Today) from the #1 bestselling author of Eat Pray Love, Big Magic and City of Girls

Changing times and personal failings have brought life to a standstill for the natives of Ashton, Maine.

He was Boston's largest taxpayer with little interest in civic affairs. He was listed in the Blue Book but joined no clubs. His magnificent dining room at Kragsyde, his house at Lobster Cove, rarely entertained visitors. If George Nixon Black was mentioned at all, it was almost as rumor.

Beginning with the legendary story of a man in Jonesport (or was it Dexter or Waterford or Litchfield?) who raffled off his horse, which incidentally had been dead for some time, these twenty-nine tales cover the length and breadth of Maine and extend back to the sixteenth-century fishing camps that were set up a hundred years before Jamestown and Plymouth.

Love, war, intrigue, religion and strange unexplainable technology lead you on a global quest to save humanity. Wracked by decades of war, a newly elected American Pope is certain that his ascension to the Papacy is not by chance. Deep in the Iraqi desert an archaeologist discovers an ancient tomb.

When Jay Chevalier makes a startling discovery after eight years in a corporate laboratory, he disappears and drives cross-country with his invention hidden in a beer cooler. When Mary MacKensie watches a rough-looking stranger walk into the final meeting of her bankrupted company and sees what he places on the boardroom table, she senses her life will change.

China, Persia, and India Havener are triplets raised on the seas aboard their father's ship, the Empress. Upon his death, the sisters take up residence in a large house along the shore in Castine, Maine. After eight years of life as land-lubbers, the sisters are suddenly faced with a change in economic circumstances that propels them into new adventures--some welcome, and some not.

Nineteenth-century Bangor, known as the Queen City, is a city of sharp contrasts--from the elegant mansions of Broadway, built from lumber fortunes and bootlegged alcohol money to the poverty-stricken Joppa neighborhood lined with taverns and frequented by desperate men and "fallen women." To survive, Maude, a headstrong midwife, Fanny, the rags-to-riches housemistress of the infamous Pink Chimney

Pink Chimneys, set in nineteenth-century Maine, centred around a notorious Bangor brothel and told the story of the resilient Fanny, her daughter Elizabeth, and Maude, a midwife. This title updates the lives of that cast of characters and introduces a new leading lady, Elizabeth's daughter M, who is a headstrong, emotional woman.

Praise for Elizabeth Hand:

Fiercely frightening yet hauntingly beautiful.--Tess Gerritsen, author of The Silent Girl

A sinful pleasure.--Katherine Dunn, author of Geek Love

"The Nature of Entangled Hearts" is a fast-paced, edgy, romantic thriller, with a subtly supernatural twist. Enter the story of Elwyn and James, two strangers entangled by their past-life experiences, who are mired in an unquantifiable present. Throughout the novel they work to understand the bonds that hold them together, just as an unforeseen danger threatens to tear them apart.

Claire McMullen is just an ordinary woman -- until you look at her long, beautiful bright-red hair. She has a job she hates, a roommate she tolerates, and she spends her weekend nights bar-hopping, looking for her "Mr. Right." One cold, rainy night she meets Samael -- tall, dark, handsome and rich -- and a romance blossoms.

#LovingTheAlien is a bizarre collection of fifteen fantastical stories that cover a wide range of pressing topics, including (but not limited to) relationships, birth, death, cannibalism, aliens, ghosts, robots, sex, drugs, & rock n' roll.

East of the Hague Line is an adventurous, dramatic and quickly paced suspense novel written about life at sea commercial fishing in the Gulf of Maine and the far reaching tempestuous North Atlantic.

Maine's rugged Coastline is comprised of more than three thousand miles of bays, inlets, and peninsulas that create isolated close-knit fishing communities.

ASSUME THE PHYSICIAN is a spicy, eye-opening, tear-jerking, belly-laughing romp, and is chicken-soup for anyone who struggles in the medical system of America.

A group of fly fishermen in Maine begin a contest to determine what catches more fish: dry flies or wet flies.

Leaving Ireland in the devastating aftermath of the Famine, Anya MacGregor finds refuge in the Thousand Islands, far from the violence of the Civil War, only to discover that she cannot escape its dark undercurrents. For Jonathon Douglas, a Confederate spy, the islands provide temporary sanctuary, but soon become as dangerous as the battlefront.

Fighting against the images, she could not see their faces, nor could she determine the time, the place, or what was responsible for the event. "Who are those people?" she thought. Where are they going? What was to become of them?" she asked herself. "How can I, a young girl, convince them of what is coming and what must be done?" All this she pondered and was filled with anxiety.

When a 67 year old man finds himself dumped in the northern Maine woods like discarded trash, but otherwise not hurt, he has no idea how he got there, who he is or what was done to him. Not knowing his name he calls himself Jonathan. Mindful that whoever did this to him may return, he begins a cautious journey to discover himself.

Eventide is an archaic word meaning evening. Three couples hadn't been out for an overnight on the boat together since their twenties. Now middle-aged, with adult children, and the baggage that ebbs and flows during a life lived that long, they set out toward Monhegan Island, Maine from Portland, full of joy, telling stories of back-in-the-day, listening to 80's music.

Down a lonely, country road in the hinterlands of Maine's western mountains, author Angelo Kaltsos found beauty in a camp called "West Branch." In Of Bears, Mice, and Nails, Kaltsos tells of discovering an old hunting camp built almost 100 years ago and of his efforts to refurbish the camp to make it his home.

Although he grew up and worked in large cities, nature called to Kaltsos.

When Downeast local Annette Fiorno is found at the bottom of a ravine, outsider and relapsed drug addict Jimmy Sedgwick is accused of murder. Unassuming Maine lawyer Rob Hanston and big shot attorney Shawn Marks form an unlikely legal team as they attempt to discredit the overwhelming evidence.

Can good and bad ever balance completely in life, especially when you're a teenager? Avery Rose Atwood, a high school sophomore, never really gives that concept much thought until an evening of fear sets off a chain of events within the quaint riverside town where she lives. Struggling to comprehend what is going on, Avery searches for answers.

All families have secrets, but most are left hidden for good reason. Grace Carmichael knows nothing of her past and has resolved to live life uninformed until her grandfather passes away suddenly, leaving her the legacy of discovery. With only a key to begin her quest for answers, Grace embarks on a journey of revelation.

An O, The Oprah Magazine Best Summer Read

Back with another "tragicomic romp" (O, the Oprah Magazine), the award-winning author of The Last Summer of the Camperdowns brings her sparkling wit and big-hearted touch to Maine's Monhegan Island.

Hans Krichels came to Maine almost fifty years ago. He once asked an oldtimer if he'd lived here all his life. "Not yet," the oldtimer had drawled. When Hans asked him if his own kids, born in Bangor, Maine, might be considered real Mainers, the oldtimer pointed out, "Iff'n my cat has kittens in the oven, that don't make them muffins, now, do it?"

Winner of the 2018 Maine Literary Award for Anthology from Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance

Clams in Cups is a unique collection of short stories that inspire hope and delve into the experiences that touch our hearts as we journey through life. Every event in our lives is a cup that holds a different clam; an experience that touches our hearts. Like clams, we create barriers to protect ourselves from sadness, yet these barriers are like brittle shells that often can be easily broken.

The great escape of the African slaves out of bondage in the South in the 1850s and 1860s is told through the dramatic and danger-filled story of one young man, Tice, and his escape to Canada on the Underground Railroad.

"As Maine goes, so goes the nation" was a motto of the early 1900s. The Ku Klux Klan determined if they could grab a foothold in the bellwethernortheasternmost state, they could succeed anywhere. So they sent their most charismatic recruiter to draw the crowds. He succeeded --for awhile.

A series of short stories and homespun yarns of life on a rural Maine farm in the 1960s and 1970s. These stories are delivered in an "earthy tongue in cheek" manner with a heaping helping of twinkling humor. The author takes the reader on a rollicking ride as seen through the eyes of an incorrigible boy who shares the love of family, farm, and a way of life.

It isn’t fair. Len’s been asking for hockey gloves since before Thanksgiving but when he opens the only promising-looking box left under the tree, there they are: house slippers.

Mac McCabe, the owner of Allagash Air, flies his customers into the wilderness to unforgettable and often life-changing experiences, camping, fishing, and hunting. But these days it seems that it's harder to make ends meet, even as the rich get richer and flock to Maine on vacation.

Joel Peterson's rock bottom is deeper and darker than he ever imagined, but with the help of the ghost of Kurt Cobain he hatches a plan to capture the attention of his estranged family and reclaim his life.

Published with the Island Institute

Set on a Penobscot Bay island, this sprawling new novel follows the lives of a dozen islanders and their families through tragedy, change, and triumph in a world that isn't as isolated as it once may have seemed.

Here Carolyn Chute, Stephen King, Bill Roorbach, Richard Russo, Monica Wood, and nine other stellar Maine writers prove that the state is a superb source of inspiration for fiction. They capture Maine's atmospheric landscape, sharply defined seasons - and an assortment of unforgettable characters. Originally published as Contemporary Maine Fiction, the paperback edition bears a new title.

The Weir, written in 1943, takes place on a small island fishing village in the years before World War II, set against a backdrop of handwork and struggle.

Spoonhandle, Ruth Moore's second novel, spent 14 weeks on The New York Times Bestseller List and was made into the movie Deep Waters. Spoonhandle is about Maine, brilliantly authentic, but the story told is universal, as old as time as it deals with the struggle between love and meanness of spirit, between human dignity and greed.

In a time when the nation is torn asunder, and north is pitted against south in a ferocious struggle, a young Union soldier finds himself in combat for the first time-during the largest battle ever fought on the North American continent. When the smoke clears, Private Sherman Jackson of the 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment is alive and unharmed.

Matthew Switzer is a typical twenty-two-year-old college senior. He's spent his last four years coasting through school, thinking about girls and parties, not giving much thought to his studies or his future. As graduation looms, he's surrendered to the reality that his chances of marching are slim and insecure because of one final unfinished history course assignment.

In the deep, remote, regions of the untamed wilderness, in a time when man’s dominance over the land is unclear, the ultimate challenge to all creatures is survival. In the struggle between man, beast, and nature, the outcome is never certain, and the victor never constant. Who will claim victory in the latest bout?

The tides run high in the small fishing village of Dorset, Maine, and Kohn Construction wants to build a tidal power generating station in Dorset Cove. The project is opposed by an environmental group, and the fishermen's association has asked one of its own, Tom Handy, to try and find out which side they should support.

These stories describe interactions between ordinary humans and the divine, the satanic and various scientific possibilities - or simply the imagination. In THE CHASTENER OF SOULS, a peaceful morning feeding pigeons in the park is interrupted by a heavenly busybody. In TRADE SECRETS, alien visitors offer the human race a deal that sounds too good to be true.

It seems that Congress is not good for getting anything done these days, but one thing they ARE good at is holding hearings - investigating fairies, say, or kittens.

Nothing much happens in Garrison, a small township in Maine founded some two hundred sixty years ago - until the body of a young woman is found in a local tavern at half past midnight. She was a graduate student interning over the summer with the Town Council.

Boyd Haskell is fed up - with Governor Ustis, with Senator Millebrand, with the local animal control officer - in fact, with officialdom at every level. Useless bloodsuckers, all of them. And so, he decides to take matters into his own hands.

This anthology celebrates Mount Desert Island in its golden age, the late nineteenth century, when it was a summer playground for wealthy out-of-staters, and most importantly to many, a place for the rich to meet their future husbands and wives.

The Acadian Tragedy is arguably Canada's greatest piece of history. In 1755, Charles Lawrence, the acting British governor of Nova Scotia, ordered the arrest and deportation of over 7,000 French residents of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island. The deportation was a secretive, poorly planned and, in the end, botched and hastily executed affair.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was enormously
famous in his day. Adults and children celebrated
his poems, both in America and abroad.
He was the first American poet admitted into the
Poets' Corner of Westminster Abbey in England
and was renowned for such works as "Hiawatha,"
"Paul Revere's Ride," "Evangeline," "Tales of a Wayside

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was enormously famous in his day. Adults and children celebrated his poems, both in America and abroad. He was the first American poet admitted into the Poets' Corner of Westminster Abbey in England and was renowned for such works as "Hiawatha," "Paul Revere's Ride," "Evangeline," "Tales of a Wayside Inn" and others.

The inhabitants of Baxter, Maine, are going nowhere fast--but not for lack of trying. In this deftly written jewel of a novel, veteran author Jim Nichols strings together the bittersweet stories of several different characters bound together by shared geography and the insular nature of small-town life.

At forty, Cal Shaw has seen better days, that's for sure, but it wasn't always like this. He grew up with his brother, Alvin, and his sister Julia, in the small Maine town of Baxter, confident in his own capabilities, especially regarding music. He took his happy life for granted, as lucky children often do. But everything changed when he was ten and his dad died in a freak accident.

The first title in Elizabeth Ogilvies' Lover's Trilogy, The Dawning of the Day follows widow Philippa Marshall as she makes a life for herself as a schoolteacher on rugged Bennett's Island. As she grapples with her sense of loyalty to her deceased husband, Philippa must weigh the balance of her heart and mind, and plot the course of her destiny.

Rosa Fleming motors her way to Bennett's Island in the dark of the night, fleeing her divorce, her philandering husband and the gossipmongers of her hometown. On the Island she discovers not only a refuge to heal her emotional wounds, but also a community that nurtures her battered confidence and a man who teaches her to love and be loved as an equal.

Vanessa Barton steps onto Bennett's Island for the first time as if she is stepping into a prison cell. She feels trapped by her marriage, she carries the emotional shackles of a childhood spent as a ward of the state, and she wants nothing to do with the island community.

The struggles, hardship, and joy of one woman's life on a Maine island are brought to life in this haunting and enduringly popular Tide Trilogy. Elisabeth Ogilvie tells the story of Joanna Bennett and her colorful life on Bennett's Island with a sensitivity and truthfulness born of her own early years on isolated Criehaven, the real Bennett's Island.

At long last Joanna Bennett is returning to her family's island, the childhood home that her heart has yearned for ever since she was forced to the mainland by catastrophe. At her side stands Nils Sorensen, her oldest friend, stalwart admirer, and new husband.

Completing Elisabeth Ogilvie's Tide Trilogy, The Ebbing Tide follows Joanna Bennett as she works to keep the home fires of Bennett's Island burning while the men of the island are off fighting in World War II. A handsome stranger shows up on the island, helping Joanna at a critical time, but also instigating a crisis of the heart.

When a stranger buys property on Bennett's Island and drops anchor there in an expensive lobster boat, the locals are suspicious, in this eighth volume of the series. Day-to-day life goes on, but dark undercurrents begin to bubble in these chilly Maine waters.

Jennie and Alick Glenroy arrived in Maine with nothing, not even their names, starting anew in a different land, leaving the turmoil and violence of Scotland behind them. Almost twenty years later, the "Godless Glenroys" are a prosperous, though sometimes controversial, family.

In 1809, marriage was the best a spirited, healthy, and intelligent girl could hope for, especially if she was an orphan without a fortune. Jennie Hawthorne has been hustled to London by her well-meaning aunt to secure just such a marriage, though Jennie despises the prospective wife parade and yearns for her childhood home by the North Sea.

When Jennie Gilchrist fled from the Scottish Estate of Linnmore during the fiery violence of the infamous Highland Clearances, she planned to make her way to her sisters in England, but instead she found herself sailing on the brig Paul Revere, bound for the coast of Maine--the New World. Accompanying her is Alick Gilchrist, cousin to her late husband, now a fugitive.

Six years ago, Gwynn Forest’s husband Richard committed suicide. After that, she struggled to keep things together, emotionally, mentally, and financially. Then three fortuitous things happened: she sold the family construction company; she inherited a seaside cottage from an elderly English great-aunt whom she had never met, and she was offered a job illustrating a book for a friend.

Meg Cross lives in a small Maine town with a family that is too big, too loud, too everything. Life in a small Maine town: where everyone is related by blood or marriage, where everyone knows everything there is to know about everyone else, and where there is no anonymity. So it seems for Meg Cross, living in an old farmhouse on the side of a mountain with her young niece, Maeve.

A Captivating, Lyrical Tale of Fate, Romance, and Love

Per Sempre Means Forever is a journey across space and time that follows the lives of the Bacarro and Fellini families through post-WWII America and Italy, offering a glimpse into the complex processes of life, loss, and love.

They Could Live with Themselves will immerse you in the private lives behind the postcard scenes of a New England town. Reminiscent of Amy Bloom and Charles Baxter, Jodi Paloni is an eloquent and deeply humane writer with her ear tuned to the quiet, pivotal moments in her characters' lives.

Life On A Cliff is the highly-anticipated sequel to Payne's award-winning novel Cliff Walking. Famous seascape artist Francis Monroe has come to love Kate Johnson and her artistic son Stringer, who were tracked from California to Maine by their abusive husband and father, Leland.

Set on the rocky and at times unforgiving coast of Maine, Stephen Russell Payne's emotionally powerful debut novel, Cliff Walking, shares a poignant tale of loss and love that weaves together the lives of three desperate people who struggle mightily to find a way to save each other. Kate Johnson is a recovering addict from California, married to a cunning, cruel man named Leland Johnson.

As a Maine Guide for 20 years and a hunter and fisherman since childhood, Christian Potholm knows the woods and waters of Maine from the coast to the North Woods. He brings it all to life with these humorous tales, astonishing and intriguing characters, and real-life dialogue.

One of the hardest things to do in life is to discover the place, feeling, or person who helps get you centered and on the right path. Sarah hopes her move to Maine is just the thing her dysfunctional life needs. Within hours of arriving, she befriends a dog and makes an enemy of Hank, a man going down the wrong path.

In a nameless city in the near future, Ella Pearson returns home to find her apartment broken into. Tiny, mute and covered in hair, the intruder seems harmless enough but, as the simple nuisance of extracting him from her life turns into an all-consuming battle against a mysterious government agency, it becomes evident that he is only a minor instrument in a much greater intrigue.

Once hailed as a local hero for orchestrating the rescue of two lost tourists, Barry Cook has worked hard to put that reputation to rest. Whether he was ever truly clairvoyant or always just a fraud, now-with every other option exhausted, with his freedom and family home in jeopardy-there's little choice but to return to that old role. Barry knows it's treacherous business.

In a curio museum on Washington state's Olympic Peninsula, the greatest zoological discovery of the twenty-first century is about to be unveiled. Either that, or it's all an enormous hoax.The pending exhibition pulls together an unlikely team: a Bigfoot researcher who's lost her faith, an angry radical who's running thin on fury, and a man determined to remake himself no matter the consequences.

Van Reid's Moosepath League novels will sweep you away to a joyful time and place, sparkling with lighthearted comedy, splendid writing, and a playful, romantic spirit. Mrs. Roberto, the fourth installment of Van Reid's utterly charming Moosepath League series, begins as portly, jovial Tobias Walton continues to woo the elegant Phileda McCannon.

Devoted fans of the enduring characters of Van Reid's nineteenth-century Maine are in for a fabulous treat with Fiddler's Green--an old-fashioned mulligatawny of high and low comedy, unabashed romance, adventure, and eerie mystery. Escape to a seemingly simpler world and visit Maine in 1897, where Reid's evocative, expansive writing delivers the fifth escapade in the saga of the Moosepath League.

Under the wise and jovial leadership of their chairman Mister Tobias Walton and the shrewd and gallant Sundry Moss, The Moosepath League has foiled pirates and kidnappers, joined a hobo army to save a burning village, bumped into the supernatural, and even successfully treated a depressed pig.

Step back in time to Portland, Maine, in 1896. When the young, beautiful, redheaded Cordelia Underwood inherits a parcel of land from her seafaring uncle, it sets in motion a chain of events that leads to the unearthing of a family secret two centuries old.

Once again, Van Reid enthralls with a story filled with wonderment, romance, and old-fashioned adventure, from the catacomb-like underground of the Portland waterfront to a perilous night pursuit on the October coast.

It is Christmas 1896, in snowy Maine, but holiday cheer eludes country lawyer Daniel Plainway as he contemplates the demise and disappearance of a neighboring family with whom he had shared countless happy times.When Plainway learns that a missing portrait of his friend's daughter has been recovered, he sets out on an odyssey with the ebullient Moosepath League that changes his life and the lives

Deep in the woods of Maine, the Revolutionary War is still fresh in settlers' minds as a young man named Peter Loon sets off at his mother's urging to find a mysterious person. Peter, who has never been away from his home, quickly falls into a series of startling entanglements.

Imagine you are 18 and fall in love with a handsome, wealthy young man. Your romantic dreams have come true - except his family hates you

This is the classic series from Pulitzer Prize-winning historical novelist Kenneth Roberts, all featuring characters from the town of Arundel, Maine. Arundel follows Steven Nason as he joins Benedict Arnold in his march to Quebec during the American Revolution. Rabble in Arms continues with the exploits of Benedict Arnold, and includes many of the characters from the first book.

This classic tale of shipwreck and survival is reprinted in a new edition, with essays that provide a historical perspective and trace the sources from which Kenneth Roberts (1885-1957) drew his tale. A native Mainer, Roberts, whose historical novels include Northwest Passage and Arundel, was intrigued by the story of the December 1710 wreck of the Nottingham.

This is the classic series from Pulitzer Prize-winning historical novelist Kenneth Roberts, all featuring characters from the town of Arundel, Maine. Arundel follows Steven Nason as he joins Benedict Arnold in his march to Quebec during the American Revolution.

The second of Roberts's epic novels of the American Revolution, Rabble in Arms was hailed by one critic as the greatest historical novel written about America upon its publication in 1933. Love, treachery, ambition, and idealism motivate an unforgettable cast of characters in a magnificent novel renowned not only for the beauty and horror of its story but also for its historical accuracy.

Roxana Robinson's great gift for the telling detail and strong sense of the emotional shoals lurking just beneath even the calmest surface have inspired comparisons to literary greats like John Cheever, Henry James, and Edith Wharton. In her first novel, we meet Laura, a 29-year-old wife, mother, sister, friend, lover, and erstwhile photographer whose life is painfully out of focus.

Fiction. THIN RISING VAPORS by Seth Rogoff (author of FIRST, THE RAVEN: A PREFACE) is a richly psychological novel about enduring yet fragile friendship and the allure of nature and faith.

Jake Doherty calls himself a mariner. Others describe him as a yachtsman on a tight budget. He intends to sail across the Atlantic to Europe in two months time. On the day the story begins, he rides the wind to a different destination. It is an unpromising evening. His girlfriend breaks up with him, and a strange woman named Mary clobbers him with a roundhouse slap for an unintended insult.

"I am not mad, only old. . . . I am in a concentration camp for the old."

"May Sarton's provocative novel is about a wife who has outgrown her husband, and after twenty-seven years of marriage decides that she has had enough. . . . she is altogether believable." —The Atlantic

"At long last in early June the Gordons were expected home at Dene's Court, the house in Ireland which Violet Dene Gordon had inherited."

“In whatever May Sarton writes one can hear the human heart pulsing just below the surface.”—Washington Post Book World

In this varied collection of poems, nostalgic memories and short fiction, Kevin Sheehan brings a unique perspective to surviving a childhood filled with turmoil, madness and tragedy.

THE ABERRATION is a disturbing story that chronicles the near dissolution of Karcher and Witte's young marriage by an unethical female psychiatrist in Portland who seduces Karcher through hypnotherapy. Emotionally crippled by alcoholic parents, a parade of nannies who doubled as his mother's lovers, and the suicide of his masculine mother, Karcher is an easy mark.

In the wake of his estranged father's death, newspaper editor, Peter Dawson, discovers the old man, a renowned professor, owned an estate somewhere in the dense woodlands of Norfolk County. Also to his surprise is that a woman he's never met has inherited this place.

Odile Jalbert never dreamed, at age fifteen, that her father would arrange a marriage for her and that her future would hold so many challenges and changes. As her family grows, so does her faith and strength as she embarks on her life's journey. After a tragedy strikes her family, she finds herself in a new country, learning a new language and reuniting with other family members.

Set in the Maine city of Waterville in the mid-1950s, the story is told by a teenage Lebanese girl who flees trouble at home in the midst of a hurricane and finds refuge in a tiny house at Head of Falls, owned by an old man she calls Mr. M. Surprised to find he has a piano, she is delighted when he offers to teach her how to play. Although she has no piano on which to practice, Mr.

Dream Singer is the story of Elijah McCloud, a Native American elder who lives reclusively in the mountains of the West. As a young man, he possessed the rare gift of dream singing - the ability to see the future, but lost it through a selfish act. As a result, he became estranged from his family, his Modoc heritage, and from himself.

Enter into the life of an ideal family--Auggie is a happy nine-year-old boy whose father, Keith, loves him more than anything. Keith's life seems ideal--until one day Auggie vanishes. A year has passed since Keith's son disappeared, and he's haunted by glimpses of his son appearing in his small Maine town.

For Beach Lovers from Maine to Maui. From learning to surf in Maui to walking the beach in Nantucket, eating lobster in Maine and riding the perfect wave in Martha's Vineyard, this collection of short, humorous essays will give you summertime anytime, even while reading it in the midst of winter.


"Stephens gives the reader an unvarnished view of the subculture of lobster fishermen in small-town coastal Maine." -- James Acheson, author of The Lobster Gangs of Maine

Attempted murder. Corruption. Abuse of power. Randy Cummings starts over as a special education teacher in a private school. Circumstances change and test her ability to do what is right. A cold case homicide sucks her back to a terrifying time as a college freshman.

Chris' is a 50-something seasoned journalist who enjoys a good drink. After years away from the field, he returns to his first love, the copy desk, at a small newspaper in Maine. Shawn, a talented writer fresh out of journalism school, winds up at the same paper. He wants to hang around long enough to make a name for himself, get some clips and move on to a big-city paper.

Larry is a second generation fisherman off the coast of Massachusetts. He works hard, brings in big catches and has the respect of his crew and peers. But the world is changing around him and tightening lending policies and government regulations threaten to disrupt the new life he is building. When his accountant suggests a solution to his financial problems, Larry jumps at the chance.

Ash Hollow has always had a big mouth, poor impulse control, and a knack for finding trouble. Now, as he treks through the jungles outside Chiang Mai, Thailand in an effort to outrun his destructive nature, Ash realizes that real life has no appeal. With nothing back home but two brothers in college, Ash is not ready to return to America anytime soon.

When 28-year-old Brody Chase hears that the biggest nor'easter snowstorm of the season is set to hit his home sate of Maine, the thought of untracked powder ski runs down the side of a mountain is just too great to pass up.He hatches a plan to camp out on the top of an abandoned ski resort, ride out the storm, and have hundreds of acres of fresh, unskied snow all to himself.What he learns is that

Her father was already dead. She only stopped running to catch her breath when she heard the gun shots ring out from the cabin that she had just escaped. Her desperate and foolish hope was that the sound meant her uncle, and not her mother, was dead.

From the author of EVERGREEN, THE BEAR: a dark psychological epic, and THUNDER SNOW.FRAGMENTS is a collection of literary short stories and flash fiction from Thomas J. Torrington.

Normal Family is a hilarious coming-of-age novel about a precocious boy's four frustrating holidays with his eccentric family.

"One son walked out the door never to return as another son walked in." So begins the second volume in this trilogy as we pick up this outlandish family saga in the 1970s, recounted through a series of interwoven chapters featuring the many colorful characters.

This exciting conclusion to the Normal Family Trilogy opens on a remote Maine island, with a hurricane looming, as Henry Pendergast and family gather to celebrate his 80th birthday.

"Pure color " wrote Paul Gauguin to his wife, Mette, from the South Seas. "Everything must be sacrificed to it." In Off Island, novelist Lara Tupper imagines Gauguin-chasing new light, new color-ran away to a new island, a rugged outpost off the coast of Maine.There, Gauguin leaves behind some paintings and letters, and maybe a child.

Courtenay Wolcott was born into money-lots of it-when in her early teens, her wealthy lifestyle was torn from her.

The world of VanOrsdell's immensely enjoyable fiction debut is completely normal-sports, weather, international tensions, billions of people going about their daily lives-when everything suddenly receives a gigantic, fundamental disruption: A large alien spacecraft announces its imminent arrival in Earth's orbit and seeks to open communications with the United States, claiming to come in peace...

At thirty Cass ends a decade of travel edged with terrorism and aimless sex that is becoming mechanical and even virtual. Then she finds Martin Willey, also stuck in place and disappointed in his own passionate life. Together they regain a sense of sensual purity and innocence in their swinging Westchester suburb.

"If you want to escape to the coast of Maine, and want a little intrigue along the way, this book is for you " --Steven Riley.Twenty-five year old Cam Preston tries to navigate the riptides of change cutting through the coastal town of Laurel, Maine. It should have been easy: Cam and his family would lay his grandmother to rest by releasing her ashes into the waters off of Gray Gull Beach.

People are being murdered. The police have no idea who the killer is. The chalk lines appear messy and unsophisticated... until... it becomes clear that the messy chalk lines are not messy after all... they are messages. The police have to follow the clues and work fast to catch the killer before another victim dies.

So far the kismet of this pastoral has been that an acquaintance told me it wasn't in a local bookstore anymore. No reviews that I know of, not many sales, despite the professional cover. Its sales have stagnated.

Nearly three years after the death of her husband and childhood friend, Maggie the minister of the Sovereign Union Church is romantically pursued by the noted environmentalist David Faulkner, who has come to teach at Unity College in central Maine. Before she knows it, she and David are engaged.

Although tall, blonde and beautiful, Nellie Walker, 22, is also self-centered and a bit of a snob. When a tragic event leaves Nellie alone in the world she returns to the little town of Sovereign, Maine-a place she's always hated-to pick up the pieces of her mother's life.

A mythical family saga steeped in the legends of the sea, The Lobster Kings is a "powerhouse of a novel" (Ben Fountain).

This dynamic novel from William Carpenter examines the legacy of war and destruction through the eyes of a returning Iraq war veteran, Nick Colonna, a young Maine native who enlisted after 9/11. Home finally, after an attack that has killed his entire unit and left him deaf, Nick struggles to reenter life in his quiet childhood town on the coast of Maine.