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The Bar Harbor Retirement Home for Famous Writers (And Their Muses): A Novel
By: Terri-Lynne DeFino
List Price: $15.99
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(as of: 10/18/18)
Manufacturer: William Morrow Paperbacks
ISBN: 9780062742674
Publication Date: 2018-06-12
Release Date 2018-06-12
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A whimsical, moving novel about a retirement home for literary legends who spar, conjure up new stories, and almost magically change the lives of the people around them.

Alfonse Carducci was a literary giant who lived his life to excess—lovers, alcohol, parties, and literary rivalries. But now he's come to the Bar Harbor Home for the Elderly to spend the remainder of his days among kindred spirits: the publishing industry's nearly gone but never forgotten greats. Only now, at the end of his life, does he comprehend the price of appeasing every desire, and the consequences of forsaking love to pursue greatness. For Alfonse has an unshakeable case of writer's block that distresses him much more than his precarious health.

Set on the water in one of New England's most beautiful locales, the Bar Harbor Home was established specifically for elderly writers needing a place to live out their golden years—or final days—in understated luxury and surrounded by congenial literary company. A faithful staff of nurses and orderlies surround the writers, and are drawn into their orbit, as they are forced to reckon with their own life stories. Among them are Cecibel Bringer, a young woman who knows first-hand the cost of chasing excess. A terrible accident destroyed her face and her sister in a split-second decision that Cecibel can never forgive, though she has tried to forget. Living quietly as an orderly, refusing to risk again the cost of love, Cecibel never anticipated the impact of meeting her favorite writer, Alfonse Carducci—or the effect he would have on her existence. In Cecibel, Alfonse finds a muse who returns him to the passion he thought he lost. As the words flow from him, weaving a tale taken up by the other residents of the Pen, Cecibel is reawakened to the idea of love and forgiveness.

As the edges between story and reality blur, a world within a world is created. It’s a place where the old are made young, the damaged are made whole, and anything is possible….

 

 

 

 

 



The Bar Harbor Retirement Home for Famous Writers (and Their Muses) by Terri-Lynne DeFino is about a home set up by Cornelius Traegar and left to his long time lover, Alfonse Carducci. Alfonse is now nearing the end of his life and moves into the home and the rooms left to him by Traegar. He has writer's block and does not think he will ever write again.

Cecibel is an orderly at the home and despite the age difference Alfonse falls in love with her. Other residents of the home include:  Olivia, another long time lover, Judith, his former editor and another writer, Switch. Alfonse begins a novel which is quickly taken over by the others as they all take turns writing in the notebook. The story they write is about Cecilia and Aldo's great love and Enzo, a man Cecilia has been promised to.

Cecibel becomes a muse for Alfonse as she also comes to terms with her own past and an accident that left her terribly disfigured. The writers pass the novel back and forth and the reader learns more of the past of them and the other residents and employees in the home. As Alfonse draws closer to death there is the question of who will write the ending of the joint novel and will anyone be interested in publishing it. The two stories seamlessly come together with the threads of love and forgiveness an important factor.

 
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