The Gift of Words
Features Editor Kathleen Fleury recommends these four books with Maine connections as holiday gifts.
Father of the Rain
by Lily King
Atlantic Monthly Press, New York, New York; Hardcover; 384 pages; $24
The award-winning author of The English Teacher, King, who resides in Yarmouth, has crafted an intense new psychological drama in her third novel. Told from the perspective of the daughter of an alcoholic, Father of the Rain traces the course of a turbulent father-daughter relationship, emphasizing the nuanced characterization for which King is known.
by Michelle Souliere
The History Press, Charleston, South Carolina; Paperback; 128 pages; $17.99
Tales of murder and mayhem, wild beasts, and witches abound in this altogether strange but delightful collection of true stories from Maine. Souliere is the authority in Maine on peculiar happenings as the founder of the Strange Maine blog (strangemaine.blogspot.com) and gazette of the same name and the owner of the Green Hand Bookshop in Portland.
The Poacher’s Son
by Paul Doiron
Minotaur Books, New York, New York; Hardcover; 336 pages; $24.99
Down East doesn’t dish out praise unless it’s deserved, even when the subject involves one of our own. But in the case of our Editor-in-Chief Paul Doiron’s debut novel, high praise is in order. The first in a series of Mike Bowditch mysteries, The Poacher’s Son is a thrilling foray into the heart and soul of a Maine game warden and the woods he calls home. Down East readers know that Doiron understands Maine better than practically anyone — and now armchair sleuths nationwide do, too.
Between Two Rivers
by Aruna Kenyi
The Telling Room, Portland, Maine; Paperback; 96 pages; $12
This memoir chronicles the story of Aruna Kenyi’s unlikely journey from the Sudan to Maine. Kenyi first told his story at the Telling Room, Portland’s nonprofit writing center for kids, where he was encouraged to turn it into a book. A graduate of Portland High School, Kenyi now attends the University of Maine at Farmington.