The Lowering Days by Gregory Brown

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A star debut set in Maine during the last decades of the twentieth century that explores family love, the power of myths and storytelling, survival And environmental exploitation, and the ties between cultural identity and the land we live on.

“In The Lowering Days, Gregory Brown gives us a lush, almost mythic portrait of a very specific place and time that feels all the more universal for its singularity. There’s magic here.”—Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Empire Falls and Chances Are . . .

If you paid attention, you could see the entire unfolding of human history in a story . . .

When David Almerin Ames remembers his seemingly idyllic childhood at the edge of the Penobscot River and the sea, he conjures up a magical place of woods, water, and freedom. He and his brothers saw this wild patch of Maine as theirs. Running down the state like a spine, the river shares its name with the people of the Penobscot Nation, whose ancestral territory included the entire Penobscot watershed—the land upon which the Ames family eventually made their home.

But the boys’ childhood dreamscape is shattered when, in an act of defiance seeking to protect the land from further harm, a Penobscot teenager sets fire to a shuttered area paper mill on the eve of its reopening. For many, the mill is a lifeline, providing the working-class jobs they need to survive. But within the Penobscot Nation, the mill threatens the river’s fish and plants. Call it an act of criminal mischief or environmental justice, the fire sets loose a series of long-simmering grievances, ending in a cycle of violence that tears the community—and two families—apart and changes the trajectory of David’s life.Evocative and atmospheric, pulsating with the rhythms of the natural world, The Lowering Days is a meditation on the flow and weight of history, the power and fragility of love, the dangerous fault lines underlying families, and the enduring land where stories are created and told.

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A star debut set in Maine during the last decades of the twentieth century that explores family love, the power of myths and storytelling, survival And environmental exploitation, and the ties between cultural identity and the land we live on.

“In The Lowering Days, Gregory Brown gives us a lush, almost mythic portrait of a very specific place and time that feels all the more universal for its singularity. There’s magic here.”—Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Empire Falls and Chances Are . . .

If you paid attention, you could see the entire unfolding of human history in a story . . .

When David Almerin Ames remembers his seemingly idyllic childhood at the edge of the Penobscot River and the sea, he conjures up a magical place of woods, water, and freedom. He and his brothers saw this wild patch of Maine as theirs. Running down the state like a spine, the river shares its name with the people of the Penobscot Nation, whose ancestral territory included the entire Penobscot watershed—the land upon which the Ames family eventually made their home.

But the boys’ childhood dreamscape is shattered when, in an act of defiance seeking to protect the land from further harm, a Penobscot teenager sets fire to a shuttered area paper mill on the eve of its reopening. For many, the mill is a lifeline, providing the working-class jobs they need to survive. But within the Penobscot Nation, the mill threatens the river’s fish and plants. Call it an act of criminal mischief or environmental justice, the fire sets loose a series of long-simmering grievances, ending in a cycle of violence that tears the community—and two families—apart and changes the trajectory of David’s life.Evocative and atmospheric, pulsating with the rhythms of the natural world, The Lowering Days is a meditation on the flow and weight of history, the power and fragility of love, the dangerous fault lines underlying families, and the enduring land where stories are created and told.

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