LINCOLNVILLE — Diane O’Brien will give a free talk on her new book, Half of Every Couple: When Death Ends Marriage, Monday, Feb.18, at 7 p.m., at the Lincolnville Community Library.
According to O’Brien, in a news release, the book is as much the story of a marriage — she and her husband, Wally, were married nearly 46 years — as it is a chronicle of her first year of widowhood. And, she said, it is firmly set in Lincolnville where the couple’s marriage played out in the same house where it started.
The 52 essays in the book are a year’s worth of O’Brien’s weekly column, This Week in Lincolnville, originally published on penbaypilot.com.
O’Brien said in the release that when writing them, she sometimes felt guilty pouring out her grief to readers who probably would prefer hearing about the goings on in their town. But instead people began urging her to keep writing about it, as if by living vicariously through this experience they could see how it would be for them when their turn came.
In addition to reading excerpts from the book during her program, O’Brien will explore her thoughts behind the personal revelations displayed in these essays, as well as the challenges of self-publishing.
O’Brien has written a weekly Lincolnville town news column for nearly 40 years, first in The Camden Herald and more recently for penbaypilot.com. She is also the author of Staying Put In Lincolnville, Maine and Ducktrap: Chronicles of a Maine Village.
The library is located at 208 Main Street in Lincolnville Center. For more information, call 706-3896 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.