CAMDEN — “The Other Island: Ben’s Story,” a new novel by former Mount Desert Island resident Barbara Kent Lawrence, has just been released. It is the sequel to her 2013 book “Islands of Time.”
“Islands of Time” traced the love affair between Becky Granger, a summer visitor to Mount Desert Island, and Ben Bunker, a year-round resident of Little Cranberry Island, from Becky’s point of view. In “The Other Island,” Lawrence wrote Ben’s side of the romance: “She’s told you her story,” he says at the novel’s start. “Now I’ll tell you mine. They are wound up in me like the way I was in her from the moment I met her.”
In “The Other Island,” Ben surveys his life, going back to the moment he met Becky, then weaving through his Coast Guard service, his marriage to another woman, and the tumult into which his life is thrown when Becky returns to Mount Desert Island. Ben, a fisherman and marine biologist, also reveals the pressures on fishermen, their families and communities from the enormous changes in the fisheries of the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank.
Award-winning and bestselling author Paul Doiron calls Lawrence’s new book “a moving and beautifully written novel of Maine coastal fishing communities.”
On Sunday, April 8, Lawrence, who currently resides in Camden, will sign books at “The Net Result: Our Evolving Future,” a symposium hosted by the Penobscot Marine Museum at the Hutchinson Center in Belfast.