In 1969, thirty-year-old Emily Bean moves to a town in New Hampshire's coastal region to take a job as a high-school teacher. Struggling with the challenges of single life and still in love with her ex-husband, David, Emily attracts the attention of local radio personality Warren, and also Cliff, the head of the high-school English department, who might perhaps take David's place in her life. Just as the town must inevitably change with the times, Emily must try to make a new future even as she longs to recapture the past. Book Lust Rediscoveries is a series devoted to reprinting some of the best (and now out of print) novels originally published from 1960 to 2000. Each book is personally selected by NPR commentator and Book Lust author Nancy Pearl and includes an introduction by her, as well as discussion questions for book groups and a list of recommended further reading.
Macdougall, Ruth Doan
Daughter of New England travel expert Daniel Doan, Ruth Doan MacDougall has for years helped keep his hiking guides up to date. A novelist as well, MacDougall received the NHWP's 2005 Lifetime Achievement Award. She lives in Center Sandwich, NH.