The Sisters from Hardscrabble Bay (Compact Disc)
July 2010 Indie Next List
“This is an amazing novel composed of interconnected short stories about the lives of two sisters, from their harsh childhood in New Brunswick to their adulthood in Maine. The stories are expertly woven together to make a beautiful quilt of the sisters' struggles, mishaps, romances and triumphs. The author's intelligent humor and descriptive dexterity keep you thoroughly invested in the fate of these remarkable hardscrabble women.”
— Jennie Torres, Bank Street Book Nook, New Milford, CT
This is a tale of two sisters over seventy years that recovers the vibrant and unforgettable voice of Beverly Jensen, whom Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist, said has "rewritten the literary history of Maine." In 1916, Idella and Avis Hillock live on the edge of a chilly bluff in New Brunswick, Canada; a hardscrabble world of potato farms, rough men, hard work, and baffling beauty. From "Gone," the heartbreaking account of the crisis that changed their lives forever, to the darkly comic "Wake," which follows the grown siblings' catastrophic efforts to escort the body of their father "Wild Bill" Hillock to his funeral, these stories of Idella and Avis offer a compelling and wry vision of two remarkable women. The vivid characters include Idella's philandering husband, her bewilderingly difficult mother-in-law, and Avis, whose serial romantic disasters never quell her irrepressible spirit. Jensen's work evokes a time gone by and reads like an instant American classic.