The Road to Dalton

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5.25 X 8.2 X 0.65 inches | 0.56 pounds

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About the Author

Shannon Bowring has been nominated for a Pushcart and a Best of the Net, and was recently selected in Best Small Fictions. She holds an MFA from University of Southern Maine Stonecoast and currently resides in Maine. The Road to Dalton is her first novel.


★ "Bowring offers endless, rich details about life in Dalton, making a satisfying story of each chapter, expanding the emotional history of the place, yielding great depths of pain behind small, daily gestures of human connection... An impressive debut bursting with detail and love for the town it brings to life."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"An unexpected death touches everyone, a plot point that Bowring confidently steers away from melodrama, landing instead on poignant realism. Readers will want to take their time with this one."--Publishers Weekly

"Paved with beauty, grace, humility, and love...a triumphant work that reminds us what literature should be."--Morgan Talty, author of Night of the Living Rez

"The kind of book that too often flies under the literary radar these days: measured, wise, beautiful."--Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Empire Falls

"Over and over, The Road to Dalton locates the miraculous in the mundane, then holds it up, glimmering, for the reader to see. In the end it reminds us that, no matter our circumstances, each of us is imbued with a dignity that cannot be denied or taken from us."--Ron Currie, Jr., author of Everything Matters and The One-Eyed Man

"In wise, tender, sharp-eyed prose, Shannon Bowring illuminates the interlocking lives of rural Mainers in her stunning debut. I thoroughly enjoyed this book from beginning to end, for its vivid portrait of time and place and its cast of instantly unforgettable characters, all portrayed in glorious and often heartbreaking humanity. Bowring is an immensely talented writer to watch."--Aaron Hamburger, author of Hotel Cuba and Nirvana Is Here

"A gentle and poignant portrait of small-town life in Maine--and of the spoken and unspoken truths that make a community. The Road to Dalton celebrates the better angels of our nature; a story of hope and family from a fresh new voice."--Cara Hoffman, author of Running and Ruin

"What a rare gift Bowring has for sly humor and nuance as she paints these unforgettable characters in their rawest pain and sweetest joy. A genius, stealthy love story and a beautiful ode to family and friendship."--Susan Conley, author of Landslide