Down East 2013 ©
Barter Island: A Novel
Some thirty years after islanders repulsed an attempted invasion of Barter Island by a Nazi U-boat in Peter Scott’s first novel, Something in the Water, they face another invasion, this one by American refugees from the turbulent social upheavals of the late 1960s. In this book, the young people who come to land on Barter Island are hippies, Vietnam veterans, and back-to-the-landers, all bringing with them beliefs and behaviors that seem to threaten the traditional island ways and outrage the islanders’ sense of right and wrong.
"Tender, funny, sad, scary, real, and, boy oh boy, did ever nail the setting." --Tim O’Brien, author of The Things They Carried; July, July; and Going After Cacciato
"This is a compelling narrative, plunging into the lives of the longtime island dwellers, with the veterans and their unseen, shattered lives impinging on a new, untried world.... We care about these wonderfully delineated people Scott has given us. We find, in Scott’s lovely brief portraits of family life, the close and sometimes divisive aspects of a marriage, a tenacity of will so encouraging we know all is not lost to inevitable change. His islanders are fierce in their individuality, fond in their caring for the the small populations that surround their daily lives, formidable in their fathomless depths, flickering humor, and artless focus on the unexpectedness of daily life. They are people we would like to grasp close beyond further island shores." --Maine Sunday Telegram
"Scott is a careful plot master, slowly and cleverly weaving characters’ lives, words, and deeds into a powerful story of friendship, love, striking change, and subtle mystery, always teasing the reader with elements of suspense and uncertainty.... Barter Island offers an intriging and vivid ficitonal portrayal of Maine islanders and how they view the world and their role in it." --Kennebec Journal