Now Look: a Novel

By Sydney Lea

Set against a backdrop of the remote northern Maine wilderness, fishing, hunting, and the pleasures of outdoor life bring together a mismatched pair of friends—weaving back and forth between past and present, it follows the friendship of ivy-league educated George Mayes and semi-literate woodsman and logger Evan Butcher. George, a drunk from his college days has a critical, life-changing moment of insight, and begins postgraduate life, however improbably, as a reckless school bus driver. After getting clean and sober, he develops a successful school transportation business. Having taken a number of trips to the north woods, he has come to know and revere Evan. At the story’s opening, Evan is a store of knowledge, decency, and even of wisdom. But after a series of horrendous family tragedies, he begins to succumb to alcohol himself. NOW LOOK, from Vermont poet laureate and Pulitzer finalist Sydney Lea is a moving novel about second chances, missed chances, and redemption. 6x9 inches, 212 pgs. 6x9 inches, 320 pgs.


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About the Author
Sydney Lea
is 2021 recipient of the Vermont Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. A former Pulitzer finalist and winner of the 1998 Poets’ Prize, he served as founding editor of New England Review and was Vermont’s poet laureate from 2011 to 2015. The author of 23 books, Lea is a recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim, Rockefeller and Fulbright Foundations, and for more than four decades he taught at Dartmouth, Yale, Middlebury, and Wesleyan colleges and was, for thirteen of those, on the faculty of the low-residency MFA in Writing program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. He has long been active in conservation, especially in Maine, where he led two campaigns that conserved over 400,000 acres, 60,000 of which became community forest in one of the state’s poorest counties. In 2012, he was named a Hero of Conservation by Field & Stream magazine. He is married with five children and seven grandchildren and lives in Newbury, Vermont.


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