“The Winter House” is focused on aging in place

Joan MacCracken

Joan MacCracken

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Dr. Joan MacCracken will discuss her book “The Winter House” at the Southwest Harbor Public Library on Tuesday, June 9, at 5:30 p.m.

“The Winter House” is set in an imaginary village in Maine. Four older women all find themselves single and living alone. Rather than moving in with their children or looking for other partners, they decide to move in together for one long, cold Maine winter. Through the characters, their family members and the people in their community, MacCracken explores many important and relevant personal and social issues and the idea of “aging in place.”

MacCracken’s community involvement with the At Home Downeast project stimulated her to think about the folks who prefer to remain in their homes. The idea of “aging in place” is being explored around the country. Locally, the newly formed At Home Mount Desert Island works through volunteers and with area organizations to support older residents in their wish to live independently in their own homes as long as they are able.

MacCracken, a retired pediatrician who specialized in pediatric endocrinology, practiced in Bangor for 23 years. Since childhood, she has enjoyed telling and writing stories. Her first book, “The Sun, the Rain and the Insulin: Growing Up with Diabetes,” described a special family camp which operated for 13 years. She adapted a Nicaraguan folktale, creating the book “Trisba and Sula,” which was awarded Best Bilingual Children’s Book by “Skipping Stone Magazine.” MacCracken also edited and published “Cracked Marbles,” a collection of Maine stories. For the past six years, she has continued her passion for writing by producing the quarterly newspaper The Brooksville Breeze. She has two children and four grandchildren. Along with her husband and their dog, she lives on the Maine coast.

MacCracken will have books available for sale and signing. Call the library at 244-7065.

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