Peter Scott is the author of Something in the Water, (Down East, 2000) Lost Crusade (Naval Institute Press, 1998) and is a frequent contributor to Forbes FYI, Down East, and Maine Life magazines. Currently a teacher in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, Scott was a sternman aboard a lobster boat for several seasons off Isle au Haut. He still spends part of the summer on the island each year.
The Boy Who Came Walking Homeby Peter Scott
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Author Peter Scott presents a prequel to his popular Something in the Water in a panoramic portrait of an extended Maine island family at the onset of World War I. The Boy Who Came Walking Home is a vivid depiction of a close-knit island society — its morals, bigotry, family strength, and compelling hold on its residents. In particular, it is the story of young Henry Coombs, who abruptly leaves this hardscrabble fishing community to join the army. Within the context of Henry's journey, the reader learns fascinating details about life in a military encampment, the war's effect on the Maine home front, and the devastation of the 1918 influenza epidemic. Scott's gift for period detail, subtle humor, and fully dimensional characters makes this an engrossing and haunting novel.
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If you are looking for a book about life on the coast of Maine around the turn of the century, definitely read this book!
This book was recommended to me by a friend. It takes place on an island off the coast of Maine around the time of World War I. The story follows the lives of Maine fishermen, their wives and the one son, Henry Coombs, who heads off to Massachusetts to join the Army. The characters in this book are so real and the place is so well rendered that I felt like I was taken back to a time and place that I would never would have otherwise experienced. The author is great at making you care about his characters and about immersing you in the story. I will definetly read more books by this author.