Beal­port

The Mail on Sunday - Event - - BOOKS - Si­mon Humphreys

Jef­frey Lewis Haus £14.99

The small town of Beal­port on the coast of Maine has long de­pended on a now­strug­gling shoe fac­tory for its eco­nomic sur­vival, so hopes are high in the com­mu­nity when it is bought by a pri­vate eq­uity firm with grand plans. Out of this sim­ple premise, Lewis has cre­ated a rich ta­pes­try of life. In lean, po­et­i­cally pre­cise prose he lays bare the real­i­ties of a town in de­cline and re­veals the fears, se­crets and as­pi­ra­tions that an­i­mate or­di­nary lives. This highly ac­com­plished short novel is a moving and hu­mane por­trait of small­town con­tem­po­rary Amer­ica, a vi­sion of Trump’s Re­pub­lic in minia­ture.

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