Klose brings ‘Grover Cleveland’ to town

Jan 22, 2016
Robert Klose

Belfast — Author Robert Klose will discuss and read from his new novel, “Long Live Grover Cleveland,” Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 6:30 p.m. at Belfast Free Library, 106 High St.

“Long Live Grover Cleveland” is the story of a college founded during the Vietnam era as a haven for those seeking coveted deferments from the draft. In what was described by one critic as a delicious farce, Grover Cleveland College is dying and the shock is too much for the college’s founder and president, Cyrus Cleveland, a direct descendant of President Grover Cleveland. In a last bid to save his beloved institution, he wills the college to his nephew Marcus Cleveland — a used car salesman in New Jersey who has never been to college, much less administered one.

Facing the impending calamity with cheer, an incorrigibly sunny attitude and ample naiveté, Marcus is totally unprepared for the stew of discontented faculty, internecine rivalries and unforeseen events that threaten to upend his every effort to rescue the school from the threat of extinction.

Klose lives and writes in Orono, where he raised his two adopted sons from Russia and Ukraine. He is a biology professor at the Bangor campus of the University of Maine at Augusta. Besides being a long-time contributor of essays to The Christian Science Monitor, he is the author of five books. “Long Live Grover Cleveland,” his first novel, won the USA Book News Award in the category for humor in 2015.

Books will be available for sale and signing at the program. For more information, call the library at 338-3884, ext. 10.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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