Chosen by Maine writer Paul Doiron for the
2018 Maine Humanities ReadME summer program
Maine Calling August 22 1:00-2:00 pm
Maine Public Radio’s Jennifer Rooks will do a live call-in book discussion on these titles
Settled in the Wild by Susan Shetterly
(Dallas Morning News)
River Talk by C. B. Anderson
An uncommonly clearsighted collection of short fiction.
Though journalist Anderson is a first-time author, her sensitive and startlingly perceptive debut proves she’s on her way to being a master… [Her] gifts of attention and emotional precision are on shining display… A triumphant, probing debut that promises both literary and mass appeal.
—Kirkus Review (Starred)
“A stellar, fully realized collection of stories. River Talk is grounded, wonderfully, in the river valleys of Western Maine but Anderson knows her diverse collection of characters just as intimately – their desires, their secrets – and you come away not only understanding a place but the soul of its people.”
–Peter Orner, award-winning author of Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge and five other books
“I adored these stories, every one of which engaged my mind and my heart. Anderson writes with wisdom, generosity, and beauty about people we don’t see often enough in contemporary literature. She gives us minimum-wage strivers, doing their best and sometimes their worst, and asks us to see them, hear them, walk with them for a while. Anderson is a marvelous writer, but her best gift is simple and rare: empathy.”
–Monica Wood, best-selling author of When We Were the Kennedys and six other books