Mainers Have Good Taste

My favorite book of 2008 -- Roxana Robinson's "Cost" -- has just been chosen as the best novel by the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance.

As we all should, Robinson has a summer place on Mount Desert Island, ME.

If you haven't read this fantastic novel, I can't recommend it highly enough. It's about a family dealing with a variety of very serious troubles -- from heroin addiction to Alzheimer's, but it's so insightful, moving and exciting that it never feels heavy or depressing.

The paperback is due out in May, but it's worth springing for the hardback now.

The award will be presented on April 22 at the University of Southern Maine.

By Ron Charles |  March 14, 2009; 8:53 AM ET Fiction , Ron Charles
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