Away Happens

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“Several years ago it was revealed to me that creative nonfiction was a legitimate literary genre,” writes Phil Crossman. “It was the most liberating experience of my life. All these years I thought I’d been simply lying.”

Crossman is a humorist in the Mark Twain mold: wry, satiric, and keenly aware of the shortcomings of human beings, but with a leavening of self-deprecation and underlying sympathy. Though rooted in a regional consciousness (coastal Maine), his humor succeeds ...

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Overview

“Several years ago it was revealed to me that creative nonfiction was a legitimate literary genre,” writes Phil Crossman. “It was the most liberating experience of my life. All these years I thought I’d been simply lying.”

Crossman is a humorist in the Mark Twain mold: wry, satiric, and keenly aware of the shortcomings of human beings, but with a leavening of self-deprecation and underlying sympathy. Though rooted in a regional consciousness (coastal Maine), his humor succeeds in making the local universal.

Away Happens considers daily life on an island in Penobscot Bay that supports both a tight-knit local community and a larger seasonal population. Whether he is recounting a debate that happened at the Lions Club over who counts as a “local” or describing his adventures getting the Thanksgiving turkey into the oven, ruminating on how the ferry schedule shapes island life or recalling a local crime spree, Crossman is funny, unsentimental, and authentically Maine.

“There are only two places, Here, this island off the coast of Maine, and Away. Here, this place, is a small place and Away, everywhere else, is a big place, but make no mistake about it, Here is Here and Away is not. 1276 people live Here. Billions more live Away than live Here, although increasingly, during the summer, it seems otherwise.” —From the Book

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"There are only two places. Here, this island off the coast of Maine, and Away. Here, this place, is a small place and Away, everywhere else, is a big place, but make no mistake about it; Here is Here and Away is not." After reading Phil Crossman's wry, endearing essays about daily life on an island in Penobscot Bay, you feel some special kinship with the 1,276 lucky people who live Here.
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“Phil Crossman writes about aspects of island life that most of us only gossip about.”—David Platt, Working Waterfront

"This book is a hoot! If you've ever wondered what goes on in the minds of the Maine locals where you vacation, this book will break it to you gently, humorously, and in a way that will make you long to return next summer more fondly than ever." —Bloomsbury Review

“Crossman . . . is a skilled human observer from his Tidewater Motel on Vinalhaven . . . Away Happens is worth the price, no matter what it is.”—Bangor Daily News

“Add name Crossman to favorite essayists”—Maine Sunday Telegram

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584654452
  • Publisher: University Press of New England
  • Publication date: 3/21/2005
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,069,748
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

PHIL CROSSMAN is the owner of the Tidewater Motel on Vinalhaven Island, Maine. He writes a column for “Working Waterfront,” published by the Island Institute in Rockland, Maine. He has also published in The Maine Times, Down East, and Yankee.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Glossary
An Island Morning
Let's Call a Turkey a Turkey
Dog Town
Spreading Joy
Off Season
Shades of 2000
Love, etc.
Midlife Crunch
Two Strings Attached
Substitute Driver
It's All in a Name
Stunted Development
Remote Control
Ferry Rules
Speedy Delivery
Old Duffers
Down and Out and Counting
My First Time
Away Happens
Passing the Peace
In the Name of the Father and of Saving Time
Raising the Bar
The Wedding Planner
This Town Ain't Big Enough for Both of 'em
Summer Visitor's Night
Four-Letter Words
Friendly Fire
Doing Hair
Culture Shock
Exploring the Westeag Estuary with a White Owl
Ask Not What Your Government Can Do For You
The Great American Duck Race
Victoria Station ° Bunglaries
Mainland Security

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