John Thorndike The Potato Baron

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The Potato Baron

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"The air was clean, the fields vacant, the horizon lined with poplares. In the windless sky above, clouds hung as white as shirts. But all Austin could think of was his absent wife and son."

A powerful novel of love, marriage and the ties that bind men and women together, The Potato Baron asks a timely question: in a marriage of equal partners, who decides where and how to live?

Austin Pooler is Harvard educated, prosperous, in love with his wife, Fay, and devoted to their two children. He hopes always to live in his ancestral farmhouse on the remote, fruitful land in the raw northern tip of Maine where he was raised. To him it is the most beautiful place on earth. But on the sunny spring morning when his wife leaves both Maine and him, taking their eight-year-old son with her to an unknown destination, he is faced with a wrenching choice: He can have his wife or his potato farm, not both.

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For generations Poolers have been farming potatoes in a raw, remote corner of northern Maine. This tradition is threatened when after 20 years of marriage Austin Pooler's wife, Fay, packs up and leaves Maine. She wants Austin to come with her, but he--though prosperous and Harvard-educated--is inextricably bound to the fertile Maine soil. Fay wanders from Mexico to Florida and finally settles in Arizona. Both she and her husband form temporary liaisons with others , but their strong attachment eventually brings them back together again. In the end Austin, rather predictably, elects to give up the potato farm for life with Fay in Tucson. Convincing, well-drawn characters and an earthy prose style lift this novel to just above average fare. From the author of Anna Delaney's Child ( LJ 8/86).
- Laurence Hull, Cannon Memorial Lib., Concord,
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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