The Midcoast

Hogarth: Crown. Jun. 2022. 336p. ISBN 9780593243152. $27. F
DEBUT In this sometimes-noir tale of small-town social climbing, Andy moves back to his hometown with his family after years away and finds Damariscotta, ME, both unchanged and much changed. Lobsterman Ed Thatch, son of the owner of the town’s lobster pound and whom Andy worked with one summer, is now the town’s richest man and married to Steph, a non-Mainer, who is now the town manager bent on “improving” the working-class community. Ed has his own civic projects, such as donating the funding for a town athletic field. Though the Thatches sell themselves as an American success story, Ed seems to have resources well beyond those of a lobsterman, and some locals have suspicions. Andy, an English teacher, does his own investigation through writing a book on the Thatches. The suspicions come to a head when two men associated with the drug trade are found dead, and EJ (the Thatches’ son, a Damariscotta police officer) vanishes, only to turn up dead in Ohio.
VERDICT Worlds collide in this personal tragedy fueled by perceptions of class difference as a man is destroyed by his love for a woman he perceives as “above” him socially and his desire to give her everything in order not to lose her.
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