The story continues. The Cushing Public Library welcomes back Maine writer Irene Drago for a presentation of her new book, The Maine Point, the sequel to Daughters of the Long Reach. The program begins at 6:30 p.m., on Wednesday, July 15, via ZOOM. To attend, please contact Wendy Roberts via email (email@example.com) or by phone, 354-2341.
The author introduced Ellie and Ty Malone in Daughters of the Long Reach, a rich multi-generational history of shipbuilding in Bath, her hometown. She revealed in her presentation of that book in Cushing a year ago that she was working on a sequel, now published, that follows Anna Malone, a screenwriter, renting an apartment at Marshall Point in order to write a history of lighthouses.
In The Maine Point, as Malone is preparing to publish her first novel, she meets Dan Leone, an editor, and they soon discover a Maine connection. Their grandmothers, both daughters of sea captains, were cousins who left Bath in the 1930s but whose paths diverged during World War II. The story weaves past and present together, illuminating how “fair winds and following seas” can bring a family home.
During her time in Cushing last year, she was inspired by the Wyeth family’s connection to the area and has introduced the Olson House and other local sites into her story, according to the Library, in a news release. And when Malone’s novel – the story within the story – is published, it is launched at a bookstore in Brooklyn’s Cobble Hill and at the Cushing Public Library a week later.
“Thank you, Irene,” said the Library.
The author grew up in the shadow of the Brooklyn Naval Yard in a naval family. She has worked for the Defense Department as a Russian analyst and taught Russian and Spanish in Illinois while raising a family. Falling in love with a historic house in Bath, she and her husband, Joe, moved to Maine in 2013.