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Away Happens (Paperback)
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Away Happens (Paperback)

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Paperback 160 Pages / Published: 20/04/2005
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"Several years ago it was revealed to me that creative nonfiction was a legitimate literary genre," writes Phil Crossman. "It was the most liberating experience of my life. All these years I thought I'd been simply lying." Crossman is a humorist in the Mark Twain mold: wry, satiric, and keenly aware of the shortcomings of human beings, but with a leavening of self-deprecation and underlying sympathy. Though rooted in a regional consciousness (coastal Maine), his humor succeeds in making the local universal. Away Happens considers daily life on an island in Penobscot Bay that supports both a tight-knit local community and a larger seasonal population. Whether he is recounting a debate that happened at the Lions Club over who counts as a"local" or describing his adventures getting the Thanksgiving turkey into the oven, ruminating on how the ferry schedule shapes island life or recalling a local crime spree, Crossman is funny, unsentimental, and authentically Maine. "There are only two places, Here, this island off the coast of Maine, and Away. Here, this place, is a small place and Away, everywhere else, is a big place, but make no mistake about it, Here is Here and Away is not. 1276 people live Here. Billions more live Away than live Here, although increasingly, during the summer, it seems otherwise."-From the Book

Publisher: University Press of New England
ISBN: 9781584654452
Number of pages: 160
Weight: 213 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 12 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Phil Crossman writes about aspects of island life that most of us only gossip about."--David Platt "Working Waterfront"
This book is a hoot! If you've ever wondered what goes on in the minds of the Maine locals where you vacation, this book will break it to you gently, humorously, and in a way that will make you long to return next summer more fondly than ever.--David Platt "Bloomsbury Review"
"Crossman . . . is a skilled human observer from his Tidewater Motel on Vinalhaven . . . Away Happens is worth the price, no matter what it is."--David Platt "Bangor Daily News"
"Add name Crossman to favorite essayists"--David Platt "Maine Sunday Telegram"

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