Dalton, Maine is positioned on the high of the state close to the Canadian border. It’s mentioned that timber far outnumber individuals.
It is 1990, and like all small cities, Dalton is a microcosm of humanity. The 1,309 residents are made up of the haves, the have-nots, the blissful, the depressed, the hard-working, the lazy. It’s a metropolis the place many individuals who reside there undergo from boredom. They’re sad with their lives, however know nothing else. Their id and their solely recollections are of this metropolis, in order that they keep there… It’s a metropolis of mills, and the homeowners of the sawmills are the hierarchy of town.
Town is filled with secrets and techniques. Some fastidiously hidden, and a few boiling, about to rise to the floor at any second. It is a metropolis that retains their regrets and wishes non-public…till they don’t seem to be.
Richard and Trudy Haskell – Richard is the city physician who runs the well being clinic which was run by his father earlier than him. His place within the metropolis makes him conscious of lots of its secrets and techniques. His spouse, Trudy, works on the native library.
Invoice and Bev Theroux – Invoice took early retirement for well being causes and Bev was the director of the native long-term care facility, however has since left that place.
Trudy and Bev have been finest mates for years — and extra.
Nate and Bridget – Nate is Bev’s beloved son. He works as a policeman within the small police of Dalton. He married his childhood sweetheart they usually have a bit lady. Bridget is the daughter of the proprietor of the city sawmill.
Rose and Tommy – a pair that some would name “trailer trash”. They’re engaged and have two younger sons. Tommy is a by no means do nicely who has a mood. A temperament that sees Rose consistently sporting bruises…
Angela and Henry – a fourteen-year-old “couple” who attends the native highschool.
Gregory – one other fourteen. Chubby and infrequently bullied, Grey is interested in each Angela and Henry. He wonders about his sexual id and fears for his future. He makes use of meals as a crutch to get by way of the pressures of his life.
A tragic occasion has a profound affect on many Dalton residents.
This primary literary novel tackles a myriad of themes. Despair, gender id, postpartum melancholy, suicide, grief, loss, stamina and resilience.
“The Highway to Dalton” is a formidable debut novel written with nice empathy for its characters. It was a poignantly life like story, informed by a gifted storyteller.
ISBN: 9781609459260 – ASIN: B0BGXD33T5 – 250 pages
Shannon BowringThe work of has appeared in quite a few journals, together with Finest Brief Fiction, and was nominated for a Pushcart and a Better of the Web. She has a BA in English/Inventive Writing from the College of Maine and an MFA from USM Stonecoast, the place she served as editor of the Stonecoast Evaluate. Shannon is an editor for Aspiring Writer, a web site providing enterprise recommendation to writers in any respect levels of their profession. Her first novel, THE ROAD TO DALTONwas printed by Europa Editions on June 6, 2023. She is represented by Sobel Weber Associates, Inc.
Shannon grew up in northern Maine, surrounded by pine timber and potato fields. Born with two congenital coronary heart defects, she underwent a number of operations earlier than the age of six. From an early age, studying and writing supplied him an escape from his personal actuality and allowed him to think about a a lot bigger world.
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