Tuesday Author Talk to feature Joan MacCracken

Apr 24, 2014
Joan MacCracken

On Tuesday, May 6, at 6:30 p.m. at the Belfast Free Library, Maine Author Joan MacCracken, M.D. will read from and discuss her recent novel, “The Winter House: A Season of Sharing” (Tiffin Press, 2013).

The book’s main character, Elizabeth Sloan now alone after the sudden death of her husband, decides to fulfill her dream of living year round in a small, coastal town in Maine, and invites three other older women to move in with her for the winter. The four new housemates grow in friendship, sharing intimate and sometimes difficult, conversations.

Although it is a novel, MacCracken believes that “The Winter House” may hold a key to Maine's aging population that chooses to overwinter at home in Maine. Through her community involvement with the At Home Downeast project, MacCracken, a retired pediatrician who specialized in endocrinology in Bangor for 23 years, began to think about the folks who prefer to remain in their homes, "aging in place.”

In the talk Dr. MacCracken will relate the living style described in her novel to the potential for older women of the 21 Century. She explains, “There actually is a growing grassroots trend for single women in their later years deciding to find others to live with to have financial advantages, friendship, safety and fun. Many widows and divorcees have lived alone for years. One third of baby boomers live alone. Joining forces is becoming an idea and a reality for some. My book, The Winter House, helps to nurture the pre-conceptual phase.”

MacCracken’s first book, “The Sun, the Rain and the Insulin: Growing Up with Diabetes,” published in 1996, described a special family camp that operated for 13 years. In 2005 she adapted a Nicaraguan folktale, creating the book “Trisba and Sula,” which was awarded Best Bilingual Children's Book of 2006 by Skipping Stone Magazine. MacCracken also edited and published “Cracked Marbles,” a collection of Maine stories by the late Dr. Tom Palmer of Bangor. She has two children and three grandchildren. She lives with her husband and their dog on the Maine coast.

Books will be available to purchase for signing at the program. For more information please call the Belfast Free Library at 338-3884 ext. 10.

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