Brooklin conservation biologist and artist Alison Dibble will discuss and read from her new novel at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 20, at Blue Hill Public Library. After more than 20 years of writing, she has released her 9/11 suspense novel, “A Skeptic’s Luck,” by A. D. Morel, the first in a trilogy.
The novel is the story of a graduate student, a widow whose husband was lost when he went to New York on business in September 2001. Maxine still misses Lewis, but she has begun to wear his clothes to do her field work on a rare orchid in northern Maine. Money troubles, family crises, equipment failures present their challenges, and Maxine’s friendship with Byron is souring. When daughter Eva reports that she saw Lewis at the Bangor Airport, the shocking question arises: Could Lewis be alive?
Dibble says in a press release, “At first I was writing the story for myself, and it didn’t matter how complicated it was, or how many characters came into my head. Then one day I realized that maybe I should share it, that someone else might find it diverting when they have to wait for a car repair, or need a book to relax with in the hammock. I wanted this to be a page-turner, and to offer the reader the pleasure of anticipation as they get to know the characters. Readers in our area will recognize the types of places that Maxine and the other characters frequent, but the places are made-up.”
The author will be available to sign copies at 6:30 p.m. before the event. Those who already have read the book and want to have a more in-depth discussion will be encouraged to stay after 7:40 p.m.
This event is sponsored by the Blue Hill Public Library. There is no charge, and everyone is welcome. For more information, call the library at 374-5515.