Ernie’s Ark:

The Abbott Falls Stories

“Like Elizabeth Strout, her fellow chronicler of small-town Maine life, Monica Wood imbues her characters with the complexity and humanity of real people. Ernie’s Ark is as true as life.”—Christina Baker Kline, # 1 New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train

In ten interlinking stories, the town of Abbott Falls, Maine reacts as Ernie Whitten, pipefitter, builds an ark in his backyard. The community itself is struggling to survive as a strike at the local paper mill wears on. Few writers can capture the extraordinary within seemingly ordinary lives as does Monica Wood. Ms. Wood has created an unforgettable tapestry of love, loneliness, and neighbors.

This edition of Ernie’s Ark: The Abbott Falls Stories includes a never-before published story by Monica Wood and a new afterword by the author.

“Wood illuminates the grace in the average and every day, the miracles that lie within the ordinary life….”—San Francisco Chronicle

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Monica Wood

Monica Wood is a novelist, memoirist, and playwright. Her most recent novel, The One-in-a-Million Boy (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), has been published in 22 languages in 30 countries and won the 2017 Nautilus Award (Gold) and the New England Society Book Award. She is also the author of When We Were the Kennedys (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), an Oprah magazine summer-reading pick and winner of both the May Sarton Memoir Award and the 2016 Maine Literary Award. Ernie’s Ark was excerpted on NPR's “Selected Shorts” and selected by several towns and cities as their “One Book, One Community” read.