WEST OF RANGELEY
Author: Robert J. Romano
Publisher: BIRCH BROOK PRESS, Oct 2011
In this post 9/11 sequel to "North of Easie," the middle-aged, fly-fishing guide is faced with the prospect of losing his beloved cabin to land developers & his favorite stream to gold dredging as he watches his town torn by racism. Illus; 6x9 inches, 224 pgs.
All is not well in the fictional hamlet of Easie. Echoing through the forested hills, the sound of automatic gunfire has the authorities concerned, while refugee from the nineteen sixties, Salvatore D'Amico, finds his tiny part of the universe spiraling out of control. In this post 9/11 sequel to North of Easie, the middle-aged, fly-fishing guide is faced with the prospect of losing his beloved cabin to land developers and his favorite stream to gold dredging as he watches his town torn by racism. All this, while Sal and his friends cope with the sudden disappearance of a young marine recently returned from Afghanistan with wounds to both body and soul.
No matter how bad things appear, the brook trout remain as large as your dreams, with even the Vice President of the United States stopping by to cast a streamer.
Many of the original residents populating Bob's first novel are joined by new characters, including a Border Patrol Agent transferred from the Texas border, a former member of Specials Forces, who prefers Zen poetry and bonsais over his former pursuits and a roly-poly Israeli paleontologist with an Irish accent.
WHAT THE EXPERTS ARE SAYING:
"Robert J. Romano knows just about all there is to know about the trout, rivers and lakes, wildlife, people, and history, and big woods of northern Maine. [His new book] is a fine tribute to one of the last wilderness enclaves of New England and to the tough resourceful, kind-hearted, and ever so independent-minded people who eke out a living there."- Howard Frank Mosher, author of eight novels including Waiting For Teddy Williams.
"Bob Romano knows the salmon lakes and the piney woods and small towns of northeastern Maine. He knows fly fishing, and he knows the human heart and he writes about them in clear, evocative prose." - William G. Tapply, author of the Brady Coyne and the Stoney Calhoun novels.