The Road to Dalton (Paperback)

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This is a quiet but powerful novel. Dalton is a small town in northern Maine; not much going on when you compare it to a big city but the lives of the inhabitants of Dalton are full and complex and filled with the joys and sorrows of daily life. Bowring's insights are extraordinary. She gets deep inside the psyches of the town cop, his post-depression suffering wife and the community that sees them every day and is struggling to help. Houses set at the end of roads, a diner with nosy patrons, domestic violence in a small mobile home, a library filled with books and a married librarian carrying on a secret life with a woman, make up a very satisfying story packed with emotional depth and human connection. It reminded me of novels by Elizabeth Strout, Marilyn Robinson, and Margot Livesay.
— From Gayle's Picks (page 1)



From debut author Shannon Bowring comes a novel of small town America that Pulitzer-winner Richard Russo calls, "measured, wise, and beautiful."

In most small towns, the private is also public. In the town of Dalton, one local makes an unthinkable decision that leaves the community reeling. In the aftermath, their problems, both small and large, reveal a deeper understanding of the lives of their neighbors, and remind us all that no one is exactly who we think they are.

It's 1990. In Dalton, Maine, life goes on. Rose goes to work at the diner every day, her bruises hidden from both the customers and her two young boys. At a table she waits, Dr. Richard Haskell looks back on the one choice that's charted his entire life, before his thoughts wander back to his wife, Trudy, and her best friend.

Trudy and Bev have been friends for longer than they can count, and something more than lovers to each other for some time now--a fact both accepted and ignored by their husbands. Across town, new mother Bridget lives with her high school sweetheart Nate, and is struggling with postpartum after a traumatic birth. And nearer still is teenager Greg, trying to define the complicated feelings he has about himself and his two close friends.

The Road to Dalton offers valuable understandings of what it means to be alive in the world--of pain and joy, conflict and love, and the endurance that comes from living.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781609459260
ISBN-10: 1609459261
Publisher: Europa Editions
Publication Date: June 6th, 2023
Pages: 250
Language: English