‘A hugely satisfying read.’
‘Best new fiction of the year ‘
Mail on Sunday
‘The story is tightly and neatly constructed, and the hermetic nature of Bealport… deeply appealing, drenched in sympathetic nostalgia, folksy charm and pithy one-liners.’
Times Literary Supplement
‘Though Lewis’s tone is measured, plenty of righteous anger lies just below the surface. It’s the little details that make this novel sing, however – and it’s what makes its conclusion that much more crushing, however inevitable.’
Portland Press Herald
‘Bealport is a tight, successful novel; Lewis is a master of literary economy. This is as good a book about a small town as you are likely to read. Bealport provides proof, if any were needed, that small towns can experience big heartaches.’
Yale Alumni Magazine
‘In Bealport, Maine, Lewis has rendered a sharp and fascinating ‘Our Town,’ the community captured in its rough simplicity and broody with personal secrets. In deft command, Lewis roves amongst Bealport’s residents, entwined and reliant as only those living in a very small town can be, an attentive and welcoming storyteller with a fine Old New England sensibility.’
David Milch, creator of Deadwood
‘Lewis has woven friction between social classes, a fading industrial town, opioid addiction, sexual scandal, financial machination, and the making of a good pair of shoes into a quilt of such subtle colourations that the reader is shocked by their force – a stunning, heartbreaking depiction of America today.’
Peter Davis, author of Girl of My Dreams and director of Hearts and Minds
‘Bealport reveals to us all the angst and joy in small-town, working-class America. The characters are fully drawn with the tremendous understanding, humour, and empathy. Mostly they are poor in riches but rich in spirit. Brilliant, and above all, thoughtful and kind’
Robert Ward, author of Red Baker and Four Kinds of Rain
An old shoe factory in a coastal New England town is up for sale again.
When it’s bought by a venture capitalist with a fondness for the factory’s shoes, a story with profound implications is set in motion.
NORUMBEGA (Makers of Fine Footwear Since 1903) is a hobby for Roger Keysinger. For the residents of Bealport – whose livelihoods, self-respect, and interconnectedness hinge on its survival – it is something infinitely more.
Unsparing, comic, tragic, and universal, Bealport is a portrait of a town, of towns like it across America and beyond, and of a way of life that is passing.
JEFFREY LEWIS is the author of Meritocracy: A Love Story, The Conference of the Birds, Theme Song for an Old Show, Adam the King, Berlin Cantata, The Inquisitor’s Diary, The Meritocracy Quartet, and Land of Cockaigne. He has twice won the Independent Publishers Gold Medal for Literary Fiction. He has also won two Emmys and the Writers’ Guild Award for his work as a writer and producer of the critically acclaimed television series Hill Street Blues. Jeffrey Lewis live in Castine, Maine and Los Angeles.