The Field House: A Writer’s Life Lost & Found on an Island in Maine | Robin Clifford Wood

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Born of illustrious New England stock, Rachel Field was a National Book Award–winning novelist, a Newbery Medal–winning children’s writer, a poet, playwright, and rising Hollywood success in the early twentieth century. Her light was abruptly extinguished at the age of forty-seven, when she died at the pinnacle of her personal happiness and professional acclaim.

Fifty years later, Robin Clifford Wood stepped onto the sagging floorboards of Rachel’s long-neglected home on the rugged shores of an island in Maine and began dredging up Rachel’s history. She was determined to answer the questions that filled the house’s every crevice: Who was this vibrant, talented artist whose very name entrances those who still remember her work? Why is that work—so richly remunerated and widely celebrated in her lifetime—so largely forgotten today? The journey into Rachel’s world took Wood further than she ever dreamed possible, unveiling a life fraught with challenge, and buried by tragedy, and yet incandescent with joy.

The Field House is a book about beauty—beauty in Maine island landscapes, in friendship, love, and heartbreak; beauty hidden beneath a woman’s woefully unbeautiful exterior; beauty in a rare, delightful spirit that still whispers from the past. Just listen.

Format: Softcover Chapter Book
Length: 377 pages
Publication Date: May 2021
ISBN: 9781647420451

Located at the Center for Maine Craft in West Gardiner.

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Robin Clifford Wood is an author, poet, blogger, and essayist. She has a BA from Yale, an MA in English from U. of Rochester and an MFA in creative writing from U. of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast program. Wood’s writing has been featured in Port City Life magazine, Bangor Metro, Bangor Daily News, Maine Public Radio’s “Music That Moves Me” series, and Solstice Literary Magazine, which published her essay, “How Do You Help Your Parents Die” in 2019. One of her poems won second place in the 2020 Writer’s Digest Annual Competition, and another, “The Ballad of Hadlock, the Seal Hunter Showman,” was produced by Penobscot Theatre Company as part of their fall 2020 audio theatre program. For more information, visit www.robincliffordwood.com. Wood lives in central Maine with her husband and dogs

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