Maud's House

Maud's House

by Sherry Roberts

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"We live for momentous sparks. For nanoseconds of invulnerability. But we are loved for the little things, the way we wear green suede cowboy boots, the way we see potential in an old gutted van in a field of trilliums, the way we help a neighbor stack his woodpile."--Maud Calhoun

As a brilliant child artist, Maud Calhoun put Round Corners, Vermont, on the map with paintings that covered every inch of her house. Now, pressured to paint a mural for her small Vermont home town, she searches for the inspiration that has eluded her for fifteen years. With humor and warmth, Maud struggles to reclaim herself and her creative muse as her tightly knit community unravels.

Welcome to Maud's House, where the good struggle is played out by an endearing group of locals and a woman who remembers a time when pictures "trickled from my fingers like blood." There's always beer in the refrigerator and country music on the radio, and everyone is sure to butt into your business.

And if you draw on the walls--maybe just your initials tucked into the corner of the bathroom above the heating vent--no one will care. Everyone in Round Corners knows how it is: how you can have these uncontrollable urges to leave your mark. The problem comes when you're muse has flown the coop and you're stuck, and sooner or later, everyone in Round Corners becomes stuck.

Creativity lost. It's as ugly as mud season in Vermont.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940012985569
Publisher: Osmyrrah Publishing
Publication date: 09/08/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 200
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Sherry Roberts is the author of a novel about art and creativity called Maud’s House, two nonfiction books on the city of Greensboro, North Carolina, and several short fiction pieces. She has contributed essays and articles to national publications such as USA Today. After years as a newspaper reporter and magazine editor, she started her own company with her husband, The Roberts Group (, to provide editorial services and Web development. She lives in Minnesota.

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Maud's House 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Carolee888 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you want to know what this book is like, think of Garrison Keillor's stories set in Minnesota. If you can't get enough of Mr. Keillor's lore then turn to Sherry Roberts' Maud's House. Like Lake Woebegon, Round Corners, Vermont has a lot of winter weather and very quirky, unforgettable characters. Maude is no exception. She grew up in an old Vermont farm house that had additions added as the family grew. The house had already seen two generations born in it. When Maud was four, her father gave her the house and she started painting it, every bit of it, inside and out. She painted doors where there weren't in and always painted with very wild colors. People stopped by to watch the house, it became a tourist spot. Her father fixed up a guest book for people to sign. Hippies were particularly attracted to the colors of the house. But her husband George, thought of it as real estate instead of a world of art, or a pouring out of the soul. He was about as opposite as you can get from Maude. He liked cornflakes, she like children¿s cereal and on and on. He was an accountant she was an artist. The story of how they met and what their married life was like is in the book. At the beginning, he had already passed away and she would go to the cemetery and kick his tombstone. That tells you a little about their married life. There are plenty of great characters in Square Corners, Vermont. The Reverend who plays taps (a little off key) on his saxophone, Wynne , the only beautician in town who kept count of how many days until her child would be born posted in her shop, Thomas who is great at giving foot rubs and a whole slew of other people who have their problems and their joys. But most of all, there is T-Bone, a great friend, wonderful cook, treated his cows to music and so understanding. T-Bone is such a wonderful guy that I think you should read this book to find out about him. I don¿t want to spoil it for you. I really enjoyed this tale. I think that anyone who loves quirky characters and humor will love it too.