Title: Island of First Light
Publisher: MacAdam/Cage Publishing
Publication Date: 2004
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: First Edition.
Signed by Author 1931561710 This hardcover book is square and tight. The boards and spine have no wear with pristine gilt. The pages and endpages are clean, with no markings or folds. The dustjacket is As New. Original Price is intact. Not ex-lib. No remainder mark. Signed by the Author, "For Lisa & Ron". Bookseller Inventory # 002071
Synopsis: Caitlin Gray has come to remote Alabaster Island to escape her troubled family life, which is falling apart because of her husband?s affair and a horrific car accident. She meets Freddy Orcutt, an old-time islander who embraces her as a daughter, and O?zalik Mosely, a Native American who is trying to preserve her heritage while battling her own private disturbances. Caitlin helps O?zalik publish an account of a tragic event that happened to her people many years before but the islanders become incensed when they are forced to confront their ancestors? atrocities. Island of First Light is a portrait of human nature and the sense of family that we all search for when faced with adversity. Norman Gautreau brings alive the rugged Maine coast, reflecting a landscape that can be as turbulent as the lives of the people that live there.
Gautreau returns to the coastal Maine backdrop of his first novel, Sea Room (2002), in a story focusing on a trio of island residents facing difficult life transitions. Reticent Freddy Orcutt, widower and retired fisherman, has made a momentous decision in agreeing to rent out the cottage that belonged to his dead son, Jimmy. In fact, he soon looks forward to the morning visits of his pretty new tenant, Caitlin Gray, who has left her husband and children in a desperate attempt to find some time and space just for herself and her writing. Meanwhile, Native American O'zalik Moseley, married to an abusive husband, is seeking to find evidence of ancestral remains on Snagged Anchor Island, which has made her extremely unpopular among the island residents because it means the land would revert to the Passamaquoddy tribe. At times, melodrama and political correctness threaten to sink the book altogether, but Gautreau pulls it out with his seemingly effortless evocation of the island setting and the touching emotional journey and authentic verbal tics of his down-easters. Joanne Wilkinson
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