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The Midcoast
The Midcoast: A Novel | Adam White
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The story of a family of lobstermen who skyrocket from poverty to wealth, a local writer obsessed with their rise, and the small-town secrets that bind them all together. In deft, knowing, and crystalline prose, Adam White writes, in essence, the novel about the Maine coast.Richard Ford ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2022The Millions Its spring in the tiny town of Damariscotta, a tourist haven on the coast of Maine known for its oysters and antiques. Andrew, a high school English teacher recently returned to the area, has brought his family to Ed and Steph Thatchs sprawling riverside estate to attend a reception for the Amherst womens lacrosse team. Back when they were all teenagers, Andrew never could have predicted that Ed, descended from a long line of lobstermen, or Steph, a decent student until she dropped out to start a family, would ever send a daughter to a place like Amherst. But so the tides have turned, and Andrews trying hard to admire, more than envy, the view from Eds rolling backyard meadow. As Andrew wanders through the Thatches house, he stumbles upon a file hes not supposed to see: photos of a torched body in a burned-out sedan. And when a line of state police cruisers crashes the Thatches reception an hour later, Andrew and his neighbors finally begin to see the truth behind Ed and Stephs remarkable rise. Soon the newspapers are running headlines about the Thatches, and Andrews poring over his memories, trying to piece together the story of a family he thought he knew. A propulsive drama that cares as deeply about its characters as it does about the crimes they commit, The Midcoast explores the machinations of privilege, the dark recesses of the American dream, and the lies we tell as we try, at all costs, to protect the ones we love.
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BarbaraBB
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#Bookhaul

I couldn‘t resist the tagged one any longer Meg! I also bought some #ToB longlist books and one for #ReadingTheAmericas23 😍😍

Trashcanman 🤗🤗🤗😘 1w
Suet624 I finally found three books from the long list at the library! Started 1w
BarbaraBB @Suet624 I am very curious about that one and have pre-ordered a copy! 1w
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BarbaraBB @Trashcanman Hi George 👋🏽 how are you? 1w
Megabooks Yay!! I hope you love it. It made my #AuldLangSpine list. 😁😁 1w
BarbaraBB @Megabooks That says a lot! 1w
Trashcanman @BarbaraBB oh you know. I'm waiting for the sun to shine. I'm mostly depressed but you know you kind of get used to it. 1w
squirrelbrain Ooh lovely! I have Grown Ups on my shelf, and have borrowed Cult Classic from the digital library, which I‘ll start soon. I‘m about halfway through School at the moment @suet624. 1w
Suet624 @squirrelbrain School is making me soooo uncomfortable. 1w
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain You‘re a reading machine! You‘re racing again through that longlist 🤍 1w
BarbaraBB @Trashcanman I feel for you, it must be hard. But if I remember well you‘re living in California? The best place I guess for some sunshine. I hope so 💚 1w
squirrelbrain Same for me too @Suet624 - I‘m not really sure how I feel about it yet. I want to keep reading, but then I don‘t; it‘s an odd feeling. 1w
Suet624 @squirrelbrain exactly!! 1w
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akfreeborn
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This is an incredible debut set on the Midcoast of Maine. There is some crime and some good writing on class and small town dynamics but in the end this book is about what we would do for those we love and it‘s cost. When you do something wrong for a good end how wrong is it? Probably pretty wrong.⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Hooked_on_books
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Adam spots an intriguing girl who doesn‘t pay much attention to him, and he finds her years later married to a local lobsterman who has become quite wealthy. The book slowly digs beneath the surface of this family to reveal their secrets and fate. This is a kind of mystery that I really enjoyed with a great Maine setting.

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Sparklemn
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This lived up to the hype for me. I loved reading about a small town boy moving back as an adult and finding the high school dropout and his wife considered pillars of the community. If a situation seems too good to be true, it probably is. 🤔

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Cinfhen
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I can‘t believe this is a debut. Really well written, crafted, paced and delivered. It‘s more a literary thriller than mystery. The rise & fall of a local mid coaster from lobsterman to wealthy businessman, much to the bafflement of a long ago classmate. Most of this novel rang true which I appreciated and it beautifully captured the constraints and pleasures of a small town. Not sure who put this on the #CampLitsy longlist but THANK YOU!

Cinfhen And thanks for confirming that this was a winner @Megabooks - I really enjoyed it😍 4mo
Ruthiella It took notes on the various six books suggested by every one and it was @Chelsea.Poole who nominated it! 🥳 4mo
BarbaraBB Sounds wonderful! Too bad it didn‘t make it to CampLitsy, I really want to read it! 4mo
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squirrelbrain Can‘t wait to get to this one! I‘m steadily working my way through the long list…. 4mo
batsy I have this TBR, it sounds good and I'm bolstered by your positive review. 4mo
Cinfhen Thanks @Ruthiella and @Chelsea.Poole Im so glad I read it🤩 it checked all the boxes I like in contemporary fiction @BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain @batsy 4mo
Chelsea.Poole Yes…agreed! I liked everything about this. The characters and events were so real! Glad it was a winner 👍 and thanks @Ruthiella 😊 great note taking! 4mo
Megabooks So glad you loved this too!! 4mo
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Cinfhen
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Really enjoying this book! It‘s the right blend of escape and believability. If you grew up in a small town, then you‘ll find plenty to recognize/ imagine/ re-live.

BookBabe Sounds like a captivating read! 4mo
Cinfhen Hi!!!!! @BookBabe hope all is well with you and the family 💖Book is really captivating 😁 4mo
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Cinfhen
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I‘ve only read the prologue but I‘m getting #GoodVibes #promising I know @Megabooks really loved it so my expectations are amped ❣️

squirrelbrain Excited to hear what you think! 4mo
BarbaraBB I am so intrigued by this one! Excited for your review! 4mo
Megabooks 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 4mo
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kbuggle
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This was a great debut.. really enjoyed White‘s writing and this storyline.

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Ruthiella
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A soft pick. Not too much of a mystery since the crime, criminals and their motives are revealed fairly early on. I think this is more an exploration of class in America wrapped up in a fictional “true crime” book. The narrator (who has a bit of an ax to grind) moves back to small town Maine, only to discover that one time lobster fisherman is now rich and a major benefactor…only no one quite knows where the 💰comes from. Read for #JubilantJuly

Cathythoughts Nice review, a soft pick , interesting! I‘ve only read the prologue and not properly started it yet … it may have to wait awhile. 4mo
Ruthiella @Cathythoughts I wanted more mystery and less class-exposé‘! ? I also found the narrator a little condescending, but I think that was intentional. 4mo
Megabooks Hmmmm…I loved this. Still think about it. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 4mo
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Ruthiella @Megabooks It‘s a very strong debut! I just didn‘t expect the reveal to come so early. 4mo
kspenmoll Great review! 4mo
Ruthiella @kspenmoll Thank you! 😊 4mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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This was a great read! A mystery, but not at the expense of character development, as well as a wonderfully developed setting of small town Maine. I‘m from a small town and I could so picture this scenario playing out, though without the ocean as the backdrop. In some ways I was very moved by Ed and Steph‘s relationship (the catalyst for the entire novel) and the way Ed was dedicated to making her happy. At any expense. Would be great to discuss!

Ruthiella I‘m reading it now and I know what you mean about Ed and Steph. A lot of missed opportunities/communication. 4mo
Megabooks Yes! This was a Camp Litsy longlist gem! 4mo
Chelsea.Poole @Megabooks yes it is! I should go back and look at that list to catch any other treasures. 4mo
Cinfhen I‘m super excited to read this one!!! 4mo
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Christine
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I enjoyed this quite a bit on audio. Setting, characters, and a somewhat matter-of-fact writing style were highlights for me. Another was the way many important details/investigative discoveries were just sort of casually dropped into the narrative - kept me listening closely! (I feel like this is inadvertently becoming a Summer of Maine Books for me, and I‘m fine with that. 🤣)

Megabooks I couldn‘t put this down! 5mo
Christine @Megabooks It was a good one! I think you first put this on my radar, so thank you! 😊 5mo
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peaknit
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The timing is perfect for this book with the Maine backdrop, I just came home from there! It kind of is “the way life should be‘.” 🦀

BarbaraBB I just read this wonderful book, set in Maine too 5mo
peaknit @BarbaraBB I‘ll check it out, I‘ve enjoyed much of that author‘s work. Thank you! 5mo
BarbaraBB And I can‘t wait to read Midcoast! 5mo
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AmyG
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Rainy, cloudy Sunday afternoons are the best for reading. Enjoying the tagged book.

Leftcoastzen Pretty! 5mo
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Deblovestoread
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Having an unexpected week off from work due to cold I was able to read to my heart‘s content. True Biz gets 4 🌟 because I learned a lot about deaf culture more than liking the story itself. Both Love After Love and The Midcoast were great on audio.

Cinfhen Sorry you were home with a cold but hurray for EXTRA reading time 😎 5mo
Megabooks I hope you‘re feeling better! 💜 5mo
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kbuggle
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Up next..

Is anyone else on Pango? I just started selling some books on there (to make room for more books) and like it so far.. sharing in case anyone else misses having a reliable used books option managed by other book people, and not a big distro warehouse.. pangobooks.com/bookstore/kbuggle

EvieBee Just followed you; thanks for the heads up. 5mo
Megabooks Enjoy this book!! 5mo
kbuggle @Megabooks I hope to! I‘m looking forward to it.. got sidetracked by a library hold that came in though 😬 5mo
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Mel
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Andrew moves back to his sleepy Maine hometown and discovers his old acquaintance‘s rise to riches may not be what it seems. This isn‘t so much a suspense story as it is a focus on character and how things are not always black and white. The reader follows Andrew as his weaves the story together through flashbacks and town gossip. This was a solid & compelling debut from Adam White and I look forward to his next one! #TheMidcoast #NetGalley

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Megabooks
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This is a fantastic literary mystery! It deserves of all the buzz! Despite its complexity, the #audiobook worked great.

After bouncing around, Andrew ends up back on the midcoast of Maine with his wife and children in tow. Ed and Steph, one time cash-strapped teen parents, are the wealthy couple at the center of town life. But it‘s unclear how it happened. After Andrew finds a disturbing photo in their house, he begins an investigation.

Chelsea.Poole I‘m looking forward to this one even more now that it‘s @megabooks approved! 👏 6mo
Billypar Great review - I'm sold! 6mo
Megabooks @Billypar thanks! I‘m really enjoying literary mysteries this year. I like the depth of character development they have. 6mo
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Megabooks @Chelsea.Poole fantastic! I think you‘ll enjoy it. 6mo
Cathythoughts Sounds great ! Stacked 6mo
Tamra Stacked! 6mo
jlhammar I put a hold on the audiobook. Sounds great! 6mo
Megabooks @Cathythoughts @Tamra awesome! Enjoy! 6mo
Megabooks @jlhammar I think you‘ll really enjoy the audiobook. The narration is fantastic! 6mo
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Megabooks
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TFW you are so tempted to stay up until 1 AM and finish your audiobook. It is THAT good! Winning narration, plot, and characters. This is a #CampLitsy longlist gem!

Cinfhen Ohhh!! DEFINITELY adding to my Audible list - thanks 😊 6mo
Ruthiella I also just put it on hold at the library! 6mo
batsy I liked the description of this and was interested! Glad to hear you're enjoying it; putting it on my list 📚 6mo
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AmyG I just got this ebook on a rec of a friend. Good to read it‘s a great read. 6mo
Deblovestoread Stacked 6mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen @Ruthiella @batsy @AmyG @Kdgordon88 just finished a bit ago and it was such a satisfying literary mystery. Just fantastic! I‘ll post a review tomorrow. 6mo
Cinfhen He‘s ALL OVER IG!!! I‘m so happy this book is a hit!!! 6mo
Mel About half way thru this one and really enjoying! 6mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen me too! 6mo
Megabooks @Mel it was just so good! 6mo
BarbaraBB I need to read this! And to follow up on some more books from the #CampLitsy longlist! 6mo
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Megabooks
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Might‘ve picked up another one from the #CampLitsy longlist! 🤫

What can I say? It‘s a really good #NewReleaseTuesday!

Cinfhen This is one of the books I voted for!! LMK how it is!!! 6mo
squirrelbrain I was really interested in this one too! 6mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen I‘ll tag you in my review of course dear friend! It may be up next but this is due soon at the library. 6mo
Megabooks @squirrelbrain I‘m excited for it. The narrator has a great voice. 6mo
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Alfoster
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Andrew and Maeve move to Maine where Andrew once worked on a lobster boat. But of course a quaint town is not always a peaceful tight-knit community and soon Andrew discovers deception running rampant! Corruption, greed, class differences, and inequality are rooted in this small town. Many twists and turns as people are not who they pretend to be.
#NetGalley Out June 7

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