by Beth Bussiere
In the small village of Stuartville in the Catskill Mountains, there are many stories, but everyone seems to have their niche, from the short insecure minister to the mysterious thieving Blakes. One moonlit night Faith and Hank welcome Stuartville’s newest resident. Yet even in the hospital nursery some are calling him a freak because of his eyes. It is Gabe’s place as he grows up to be pitied or bullied so he escapes, living more and more in his own imagination.
By 1965, as the increasingly self-absorbed Gabe turns sixteen, the world around him shifts. Predictable small-town life is shaken by waves of uncertainty, and jobs disappear. One day when Gabe is distracted by his heroic fantasies, he is caught off guard and finds himself on a secret journey. What will happen to this lost young man and to the community who wants everyone to stay in their place?
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Guard your heartstrings and buckle up! Once delivered into the quaint hamlet named Stuartville, Come Home a New Way reminds us of those small towns we fondly imagine in the snow globes of our minds. We are carried through time and space by Gabe’s familiar relationships and self-doubt as he dares to come of age. Do we dare?
—Lauren E. S. Durkee, High School English Teacher
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Beth Bussiere is a Quaker writer whose family’s roots run deep into the Catskills Mountains. She has crafted her first novel, where crisis and its resolution are found in family, faith, and community. Her earlier life included investigations in a biochemistry lab. Her students sometimes ask why she left to teach, and she tells them growing up is the biggest experiment of all. She lives with her husband in Portland, Maine, where she enjoys teaching, writing, cooking, and, most of the time, fixing up their old house