The Midcoast: A Novel

The Midcoast: A Novel Audible Audiobook – Unabridged

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Listening Length 9 hours and 47 minutes
Author Adam White
Narrator George Newbern Release Date June 07 2022
Publisher Random House Audio
Program Type Audiobook
Version Unabridged
Language English
Best Sellers Rank #86,451 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#844 in Psychological Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,853 in Psychological Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#3,843 in Literary Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)

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Top review from Canada

Reviewed in Canada 🇨🇦 on June 12, 2022
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4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling literary debut with authentic setting and characters
Reviewed in Canada 🇨🇦 on June 12, 2022
They say that when your write your first novel, you should write ‘what you know‘. It is very obvious that Adam White is familiar with his setting and his characters because his writing is so authentic. The narrator in the story is an English teacher who coaches lacrosse and is writing a novel. All of which can be said for the author.

The cadence of this novel was discomforting. As I turned the pages, I came to know these characters better, but although there was no dramatic event for most of the book, you felt one coming. An unsettling feeling that things would come to a head and that someone was going to get hurt.

The book shows the detrimental effect that all-consuming love can have on a family. Ed Thatch wanted it all – not for himself, but for his wife Steph. A lobsterman and a high-school dropout, he always felt she was too good for him. In order to keep her, he felt he had to give her everything she ever wanted, everything he thought she deserved. The only thing was, he never asked her what that was, he assumed…

The novel speaks to the phrase “a big fish in a small pond“. The Thatch family were definitely the big fish in their Maine town. How they got that way is the crux of the book.

“the kind of quiet you were only supposed to hear in outer space”.

The writing was skilled, as can be expected from a man who teaches writing. I was impressed by this debut novel and have great expectations for his writing career. The somewhat ambiguous ending worked well here. “The Midcoast” was an accomplished debut literary novel that I can readily recommend.
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