As an infant, Alice Thorton is found abandoned in a cae. Adopted by a young childless couple, she is raised with kwledge of her family's history, especially that of her strong female forebears--Eleora, Signe, and Sophie--who hold a special place in the history of their small town of Kettleborough, New Hampshire. Still, as Alice grows up aching for an acceptance she can't quite imagine, she feels a mysterious pull to Kettleborough's lake and the island at its center, both of which will help provide the key to unlocking the truth of her past. Resonant with atmosphere, Lake People is a memorable and lumius debut about criss-crossing lives, the interweaving of family history and individual fact, and the intangible connections we feel to the place where we were born.
Abi Maxwell was born and raised in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, and studied fiction writing at the University of Montana. Her story, Giant of the Sea, appeared in McSweeney's, and she is currently at work on her second book.