BELFAST – Left Bank Books, 109 Church St., invites the public to meet writer Alice Elliott Dark as she signs copies of her recently published and highly acclaimed novel, ‘Fellowship Point’, Monday, August 29, from noon at 14 hours. This is a free event; reservations are not necessary for this signature “Meet-and-Greet”.

“Fellowship Point” is an epic tale of two unforgettable women’s lifelong friendship, tracing their shared histories and buried secrets across the arc of the 20th century. Agnès and Polly, both octogenarians, have been friends since childhood. Their devotion to each other is sacrosanct until they begin to argue over their inheritance, including the future of the land where they both have summer homes – the majestic Fellowship Point on the coast of Maine.

Part of what makes the novel so special is its old-school setting and decidedly modern concerns: feminism, land ownership, careers and family, and environmentalism. As Louisa Ermelino wrote in Publishers Weekly, “‘Fellowship Point’ is an immersive, intimate, and modern take on a 19th-century novel – a literary page-turner that hits all the salient points in the intertwined lives of two friends. ”

The pleasures of this novel are innumerable – gorgeous phrases and consummate wisdom; fully realized characters that readers will come to love as friends, thorns and all; the celebration of complex and nurturing friendship and the natural world; exploring art, heritage and true love. All this, and with a twist that will blow you away.

Dark is the author of “Think of England” and two collections of short stories, “In the Gloaming” and “Naked to the Waist”. “In the Gloaming” was made into two films – one was directed by Christopher Reeve and starred Glenn Close, Bridget Fonda and Whoopi Goldberg. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, The New York Times, Best American Short Stories, and O. Henry: Prize Stories, among others. She is a former recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Dark is an associate professor at Rutgers-Newark in the MFA program. “Fellowship Point” is his first book in 20 years.

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