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BEALPORT BY JEFFREY LEWIS
Bealport by Jeffrey Lewis
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"Bealport, Maine, is one of the forgotten towns of America, a place that all too often seems to have its best days behind it. And perhaps nothing symbolizes that more than the old shoe factory--'NORUMBEGA Makers of Fine Footwear Since 1903'--that lately has been perpeatually on the brink of failure, and is now up for sale.
But maybe there's hope? A private equity savant with a fondness for the factory's shoes buys it--and thus sets in motion a story with profound implications for the town, and for the larger question of how we live today. The factory is a hobby for him, but it represents infinitely more for the residents of Bealport: not only their livelihoods but their self-respect, their connectedness, their sense of self-sufficiency are all bound up in it. Can this high-flying outsider understand that? How will he negotiate the complicated long-term relationships that define the town and its families?
In Bealport, Jeffrey Lewis takes us inside the town, revealing its secrets, acknowledging its problems, and honoring its ambitions. Brilliantly deploying a large cast from all walks of life, he reveals small town America in the early twenty-first century through the interwoven secrets and desires of its residents, and through them delivers a striking portrait of America at a moment of national uncertainty." --Publisher Marketing
"Jeffrey Lewis... proves that you can wrest compelling, strange, funny, and surprising character-driven fiction out of town-crushing industrial demise. He is, without question, the most recent writer to do it well."--New York Journal of Books
About the author:
Jeffrey Lewis is the award-winning author of multiple novels and has received two Emmy Awards and the Writers Guild Award for his work as a television writer and producer on Hill Street Blues. He resides in Los Angeles and Castine, Maine.