Author Meredith Hall is reading from her new novel, Beneficence, Thursday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. This event is hosted on Zoom by the Hope Library.
Beneficence is about the beautiful, and sometimes cruel, life of a Maine family and the dairy farm they tend.
Those interested in attending this event should email the Hope Library at email@example.com for the Zoom meeting number and password.
The novel is told from three points of view (that of Doris Senter, her husband Tup, and their daughter Dodie), divided into four parts (Before, During, After, and Here), and spanning a period of eighteen years (1947 to 1965). According to reviews, Beneficence “brims with interior monologue and quiet farm life.”
From Part 1, “Before”
We can’t ever know what will come. You meet a man and marry him and find out whether you made a good choice or not. If you did, you love each other and work hard, and then you have your first baby and whatever it was you ever dreamed about changes the first time you hold him and feed him and watch him study your face. Sonny came when I was nineteen years old and I forgot forever any of those things I had ever thought I wanted. I felt as if I were God, making such a good world for our children.