BELFAST — Left Bank Books, 109 Church St., hosts an in-person talk and signing Monday, June 20, at 7 p.m. with author Adam White to celebrate the recent release of his debut novel, “The Midcoast.”

This event is free, but reservations are required at (207) 338-9009 or; masks are greatly appreciated, regardless of vaccination status.

Set primarily in and around Damariscotta, Maine, “The Midcoast” has received rave reviews since its publication earlier this month: “In deft, knowing, and crystalline prose, Adam White writes . . . the novel about the Maine coast, a winsome, perplexing, and ultimately shadowy place that doesn’t give up its big secrets easily,” said Richard Ford.

“The Midcoast,” which is a Publishers Weekly Top 10 Summer Read, tells the riveting story of a family of lobstermen who skyrocket from poverty to wealth and a local writer obsessed with their rise. The novel’s narrator, Andrew, has recently returned to his hometown after years away to find a family, who he remembered as modest lobstermen, now flourishing. Ed and Steph Thatch have amassed a surprising amount of  wealth and influence. Curious and a little envious, Andrew investigates the recent history of the Thatch family and, in doing so, uncovers small-town secrets that lie beneath the American Dream.

White grew up in Damariscotta and, in high school, worked at a lobster pound, an experience that gave him a look into the life of someone whose future as a lobsterman had already been decided, much like Ed Thatch. Ten years in the making, “The Midcoast” is a story that has persisted in White’s head ever since turning in the first chapter as an MFA candidate at Columbia University.

White is also an award-winning screenwriter who has won a grant from the Sundance Institute, been nominated for an Emmy as co-producer of a documentary about American healthcare, and served as story consultant on the Oscar-nominated documentary “Cartel Land.” His television pilot is currently under development with Black Label Media (La La Land). White now lives with his wife and son in Boston where he teaches writing and coaches lacrosse.