an author’s life, once wildly successful yet now largely forgotten

Author talk: Christina Baker Kline, Robin Clifford Wood in conversation

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The public is invited to a virtual conversation on Tuesday, May 4, at 7 p.m., when novelist Christina Baker Kline and debut author Robin Clifford Wood discuss Wood’s just-released book, The Field House: A Writer’s Life Lost and Found on an Island in Maine. The free event is being co-hosted by Left Bank Books in Belfast and The Bangor Daily News. To register:

The Field House explores the life and legacy of multiple-award-winning author Rachel Field, whose works for adults and children were once wildly successful yet are now largely forgotten. Born of illustrious New England stock, Field was a National Book Award-winning novelist, a Newbery Medal-winning children’s writer — Hitty, Her First Hundred Years (1929) and Calico Bush (1932) — a poet, playwright, and rising Hollywood success in the early twentieth century. Her light was abruptly extinguished at the age of forty-seven, when she died in 1942 at the pinnacle of her personal happiness and professional acclaim.

Fifty years later, after purchasing Field’s summer home on Sutton Island, Maine, Wood found herself surrounded by Field’s last remaining possessions and “lingering wisps of [her] creative energy.” Through meticulous research, Wood uses letters and poems to reconstruct Field’s life.

Christina Baker Kline (The Exiles, Orphan Train, A Piece of the World) writes that The Field House is “a compelling hybrid of biography and memoir. . . interwoven with personal reflections that reveal the influence of Field’s work ethic and passion on the biographer’s life. It is also a meditation on the nature of creativity and a love letter to house [that] became a touchstone and a place to reflect and rejuvenate and create.”

Wood, who lives in Bangor, wrote a regular column for the Bangor Daily News for eight years. Her poetry and essays have been featured in multiple national publications. She holds degrees from Yale, the University of Rochester (MA in English), and the Stonecoast program at the University of Southern Maine (MFA).

To order copies of The Field House ($16.95), call Left Bank Books at 207-338-9009 or email:

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Tue, 05/04/2021 - 7:00pm

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