As some of you may know, for a number of years I’ve been working on a novel set on Monhegan Island. Perhaps you saw me with my Mac laptop in the Black Duck, the Novelty, the Barnacle, the Library or one of the hotel lobbies, either working on the novel or on a history of the Monhegan House. Or maybe you saw me one of the several times I participated in poetry readings. (I seem to be most known for writing about mosquitos.)
The novel is titled MONHEGAN WINDOWS, and it’s done! It is being made available in a limited author's trade-paperback edition, which will be published soon, perhaps as early as mid-April.
Projected publication date:
mid-April 2009 (advance sales available)
24 b&w photos; 24 paintings (reproduced in b&w); 1 illustration
Link (preview 1st 40 pp/purchase): http://ridgewoodpublications.com/Ridgewood-BOOKS.html
There is no ISBN number for the book at this point. Presently, the distribution plan is solely selling it on Monhegan during the season and from my website.
The novel is not only a written story — in fact, two interwoven stories. The book includes two dozen photos with a windows theme; two dozen art works by more than a dozen Monhegan artists, reproduced with their generous permission; and a title page illustration by my daughter.
Let me present here the prefatory note that I include in the novel, so that people understand the nature of my work:
A THANK-YOU TO MONHEGAN’S
YEAR-ROUNDERS & SUMMER RESIDENTS
This is a thank-you to the year-rounders and summer residents of Monhegan Island, a very real island 10 miles off the midcoast of Maine south of Penobscot Bay. To anyone who has visited Monhegan, it is clear that this story is set in a very specific place. The entire geography — every store and restaurant, every village road, almost every public building, every trail, every cliff, every vista, every island and crag of rock that surrounds the main island — springs from reality.
That said, although one may spy the spirit of the population in this tale, I have fabricated the characters of this story almost entirely or created composites and individual people out of those I’ve known off-island. Only two characters are based on real people (both dead now more than 30 years) and named — Rockwell Kent and Ray Phillips — along with a few mentions of other historical people — the Wyeths and Zero Mostel.
Therefore, I beg the indulgence of those living on the island, who are rightfully possessive and protective of this special domain, for letting me borrow — perhaps some might say steal — their home and inhabit it with the creatures of my imagination.