The From-aways

The From-aways

Book - 2014
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Fresh talent CJ Hauser makes her literary debut with The From-Aways, an irreverent story of family, love, friendship, and lobsters, in the tradition of J. Courtney Sullivan's Maine and Richard Russo's Empire Falls.

Two women come to Maine in search of family, and find more love, heartbreak, and friendship, than they'd ever imagined one little fishing town could hold.

When Leah, a young New York reporter, meets Henry, she falls in love with everything about him: his freckles, green thumb, and tales of a Maine childhood. They marry quickly and Leah convinces Henry to move back to Menamon. As Leah builds a life there, reporting for The Menamon Star and vowing to be less of an emotional screw-up, the newlyweds are shocked to discover that they don't know each other nearly so well as they thought they did.

When Quinn's mother dies, she tracks down the famous folk-singer father she's never known, in Menamon. Scrappy and smart-mouthed, Quinn gets a job at the local paper, an apartment above the town diner, and tries to shore up the courage to meet her father. But falling in love with her roommate, Rosie, was never part of the plan.

These two unruly women's work relationship at The Star deepens into best-friendship when they stumble onto a story that shakes sleepy Menamon--and holds damaging repercussions for Leah's husband and Quinn's roommate both. As the town descends into turmoil, both women must decide what kind of lives they are willing to fight for.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, 2014
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062310750
Branch Call Number: HAU
Characteristics: 341, 16 p. ;,21 cm


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Jul 25, 2014

Loved this book! Leah, recently married to Henry, falls in love with her husband's family home in Maine. Quinn moves to the same town to search for her estranged father. Two unlike women cross paths while working at the local newspaper. The story of Quinn's efforts to connect with her musician/father and Leah's efforts to become seconded in the town culture merge as they unite to oppose a mega mansion which threatens to take away park land and waterfront properties. This book was surprisingly good - well-written and filled with wisdom.


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Jul 25, 2014

We fell in love with the people we thought we were. And we were wrong about those people. But we were right, I think, about the love. P.204

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