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The story takes place during the relentless off-season, from rain through snow to mud. Some 12 years ago, Marilla Pratt left her husband, Lyle (whose one talent is to make people pity him), to run off with Tucker Burchard, a rogue. The Pratts' adolescent daughter, Hannah, was a casualty of the split; molested by her father after her mother's departure, she finally fled, toThe story takes place during the relentless off-season, from rain through snow to mud. Some 12 years ago, Marilla Pratt left her husband, Lyle (whose one talent is to make people pity him), to run off with Tucker Burchard, a rogue. The Pratts' adolescent daughter, Hannah, was a casualty of the split; molested by her father after her mother's departure, she finally fled, too. Now, with Lyle married to Frances, a smug ex-teacher, and Marilla living with Tucker in the house he whacked together out of salvaged bits and pieces, the emotionally maimed Hannah, now a woman, comes back to town. These characters squander their time in laundromats, trailers, partitioned offices and Pepsi Redemption Centers, their lives mapped by circumstances. In this carefully observed, hostile world--where bullets are held in a hand like ``the scat of some animal'' and a boy urinating ``cut a lot of holes in the snow, like bullet holes''--literal and emotional killing is continuous...

Title : Monkey Bay
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ISBN : 9780670827527
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 402 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Monkey Bay Reviews

  • Jeremy
    2018-11-19 01:56

    I took a creative writing class taught by Elaine Ford back in the 90's. She said nice things about my writing so I liked her. This book - about a bunch of sad sacks bitching and galumphing their way through their bad lives in an unpleasant town - nicely describes drab environments and the thoughts processes of anxious, selfish townsfolk. I didn't buy into the final decision of the book's main female protag, and when all was said and done I'm not certain what I gained from reading the book at all, but Ford has a definite way with a gruff turn of phrase and a satisfyingly dismal setting of scene.

  • Kwoomac
    2018-12-13 01:03

    Very unsettling tale, taking place in a desolate town in Maine.Story takes place in winter to avoid any pleasant reference to sunshine or the beach. Gave this a strong YUCK

  • Jim
    2018-11-29 02:08

    Well written, character-driven look at Maine and the lives of blue-collar Mainers.