New Book Reflects Townsmen’s Struggle in Retaining a Sense of Place

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Author Anne W. Smallidge stirs readers in ‘Up North’

A story about love of a place; of challenges as that place changes. Acclaimed author Anne W. Smallidge pens a touching tale—set in a small northern Maine town—of the residents’struggle of retaining a sense of place in Up North, a book made available through Xlibris.

Maine’s lumber business is dying. The environmentalists are calling for legislation, making clear cutting illegal. ‘People from away’ are moving in. Paula, ‘from away,’ is hated by Howard, the assistant sheriff. Rose, a grandmother, travels to Belize, frequently. Her daughter, Shirley works and runs the only restaurant, The Hole, in the town of Jackson, in northern Maine. John is the local sheriff, and ex-husband to Shirley. They secretly still love each other. Their eighteen-year-old daughter, who also works at The Hole, is prostituting herself in order to get enough money to escape Jackson, and move to Florida. These residents, whose lives are closely intertwined, will be shocked as something tragic happens.

Poignant and well-written, Up North is great for reviews, and speaks to a wide reading audience. This book will be featured at this year’s Frankfurt International Book Fair in Frankfurt, Germany, on October 6-10, 2010. For more information on this book, log on to

About the Author
Anne Smallidge was born and brought up on the coast of Maine. In 1995, after many years of working and traveling throughout the world, she retired and returned to her beloved Maine. She is a nurse by profession. She holds a master degree in community economic development. At the age of fifty, the author joined the Peace Corps, serving in West Africa 1980-81. She has three children, eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Anne has written two novels. One is about her journey as a Peace Corps volunteer. The other is Up North. Anne Smallidge has written all her life.

Up North * by Anne W. Smallidge
Publication Date: July 7, 2010
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 166 pages; 978-1-4535-0780-3
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 166 pages; 978-1-4535-0781-0
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4535-0782-7

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