When the body of Alison Goss washes up on Menhaden Island, in the Gulf of Maine, the working-class fishing community of hard-hewn ways and salty perspectives is faced with handling the future of her unusual son, Faron.Â They soon discover how different he is, in strange but endearing ways, including his fascination with moths and his stunning artistic talent.Â Bound together by weather and sea, Menhaden neighbors with good hearts and blunt opinions overlook Faronâ€™s peculiarities. But their nurturing embrace cannot completely erase his troubled past, which eventually morphs into a life-changing event and forces him to confront lingering memories.Â Faron faces that which haunts him, works as a sternman on a lobster boat, and paints in his studio. When he meets a bird-watching woman who has returned to Menhaden to live in her grandparentsâ€™ house, his life takes another unexpected turn.
Praise for Faron Goss
â€śLike a third-generation lobsterman pulling traps from the Gulf of Maine, Diane Lechleitner adeptly reels in the reader with her new book, Faron Goss. The story of a boy born into a hardscrabble community, Faron Goss explores themes of vulnerability and resilience, as well as the magical abilities of time, friendship, and love to steady a life initially marred by neglect and tragedy.Â With vivid prose, Lechleitner depicts the beauty and hardship of life on Menhaden Island, the interwoven relationships of its crusty but close-knit residents, and the complex, unassuming boy who works his way into their hearts.Â Faron Goss is, in every way, a beautiful first novel.â€ť
â€”DARCIE CHAN,Â New York Times bestselling author of The Mill River Recluse
â€śFaron Goss is a heartfelt, empathic tale that tells the story of young Faron from a difficult birth and early childhood to adulthood. Faronâ€™s subtle, quiet observations as he struggles through life and discovers the redemptive force of art touch the heart. The novel brings us a small harbor town in coastal Maine with the perfume of pine trees, the call of birdsong, and the flight of moths in windswept ocean air. Faron Goss is a tribute to the quotidian beauty of the world to carry us through adversity.â€ť
â€”MARY L. TABOR, author of Who By Fire
“Lechleitner surrounds the reader with the intricacies of lobster fishing, gritty observations, and lives that are both stark and filled with natural wonder.Â Faron’s memories of the past fuel an exploration into the changing Maine community and its members as the story develops during a search for family and meaning. Readers looking for a poetic, evocative description of coming of age in a Maine lobstering community will find Faron Goss a lovely literary piece that comes full circle into love.”
â€”Midwest Book Review
â€ś . . . impressively insightful psychological nuance.Â The author masterfully captures Faronâ€™s youthful peculiarities with tantalizing restraint; she consistently avoids inserting authorial judgments, which makes the account particularly chilling.â€ť
About the Author
Diane Lechleitnerâ€™s poems and short stories have appeared in numerous literary magazines. Faron Goss is her first novel. In addition to writing fiction, Diane has exhibited her visual art, received an Exxon Award for Printmaking, was a recipient of several artist residencies, and worked in ateliers printing etchings for artists, including Peter Max and Salvador Dali. She now writes full-time and lives along the Hudson River in Sleepy Hollow, New York, with her husband Douglas Maass, their beloved dog, Bracken, and Flynnbean the cat.
342 pages; Softcover
5.5 x 8.25,Â $19.95
Publication Date: AugustÂ 2021
Rights sold: All rights available.
Rights & PR: Dede Cummings, firstname.lastname@example.org
Keywords: Nature, Art, Maine, orphan, moths,Â butterflies, trauma, fishing, painting, love
Distributor: IPG; also available through Baker & Taylor, Ingram, and other wholesalers.
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