Originally published in Castine Patriot, November 11, 2021 and Island Ad-Vantages, November 11, 2021 and The Weekly Packet, November 11, 2021
Penobscot Books publishes first novel, based in Castine
Penobscot Books in Stonington will release its newest book and first novel, Margaret, by Bary Lyon Terry, at a launch party Thursday, November 18, at 4 p.m., at the Wilson Museum’s Hutchins Education Center in Castine.
In the story, Margaret and her husband, Richard, have a home on Boston’s Beacon Hill, as well as a summer residence in a small coastal Maine town. Richard, the senior partner in a law firm started by his grandfather, is devoted to his job and, besides sailing, has few other interests. He is troubled by the thought of retirement.
Margaret does volunteer work in Boston and spends summers in Maine, where Richard joins her on weekends. Their two sons have completed college and are now, in 1990, at the start of their adult lives. There is continuing family dialogue about law school and whether the sons will become fourth-generation members of the family law firm. Both are resisting.
When the opportunity arises for father and sons to participate in a great adventure, it is at first dismissed as impossible, but eventually they decide to go with it. The results are not as expected, and Margaret’s life is changed forever.
A reader commented: “The story resonates with me, as we are a mid-fifties couple thinking of retirement. Part of that is concern about our health, what to do after retirement, how will we get along with each other with so much together time, and concerns about our children’s future.”
Bary Lyon Terry had completed a first draft when she died in 2000. Her surviving husband, Donald Small (the author of Salt Water Town, also published by Penobscot Books) rewrote in her voice, as needed, and added a missing chapter.
At the launch, Small will talk about Bary, share the process the book has gone through and read a few excerpts. Learn more at penbaypress.me in a conversation with Don Small about Bary.
Royalties from the sale of Margaret will go to the Bary Lyon Small Fund at the Maine Community Foundation to support innovative learning programs. Since its establishment in 2000, 50 grants totaling more than $60,000 have been awarded for athletics, theater, visual arts, music, literature, history, science, leadership, self-esteem, boat-building, environmental concerns and preschool learning. Funds have gone to schools all over Maine, with a slight emphasis on Hancock County.
Margaret: A Novel is available for purchase at penbaypress.me, by calling 374-2341 and at the Penobscot Bay Press offices in Stonington and Blue Hill, with curbside pickup available.