Maine 201 Book Club: Joe Coomer


One Vacant Chair by Joe Coomer

From 6.30 pm until 7.30 pm

Island summer resident, author, and sailor Joe Coomer is perhaps best known for his novel Pocketful of Names and his non-fiction work on sailing, Sailing in a Spoonful of Water. The book club is veering off from the more traveled path and will read Coomer's One Vacant Chair for our August selection.

The book club discussion is on Monday, August 23 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm on Zoom. Stay tuned for an event with the author in August. Details will be posted on our website and Facebook page as soon as they're confirmed. All readers welcome!

One Vacant Chair by Joe Coomer

Sarah’s aunt Edna paints portraits of chairs. Not people in chairs, just chairs. The old house is filled with the paintings, and the chairs themselves surround her work-a silent yet vigilant audience. At the funeral of Grandma Hutton-whom Edna has cared for through an agonizingly long and vague illness-Sarah begins helping her aunt clean up the last of a life. This includes honoring Grandma’s surprising wish to have her ashes scattered in Scotland.


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