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The Lamoille Stories

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Howard Frank Mosher writes,
"Bill Schubart's Vermont stories of a mostly-forgotten time and place are fresh, authentic, funny in places and sad in others. He knows his corner of the Green Mountains inside out and writes with honesty and grace about its people."

Howard Frank Mosher is the author of "Disappearances," "Mary Blythe," and "On Kingdom Mountain"

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  • Originally published:

    P (ISBN: 978-1-935052-10-4) White River Press – 2008-2013

    P (ISBN: 978-0-9897121-0-1) Magic Hill Press – 1/1/2014

    E (ISBN: 978-0-9834852-0-9) Magic Hill Press – 2008

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Fat People

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Fat People is an entirely unique fictional look at the emotions and experiences of those who live to eat: the estrangement, loneliness, embarrassment, fear, defeated sexuality, unresolved anger, but also the simple pleasure of food.




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    P (ISBN: 978-0-615-39751-1) Magic Hill Press LLC – 10/22/2010

    E (ISBN: 978-0-9897121-2-5) Magic Hill Press LLC – 10/22/2010

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Panhead

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Paul and Glenda grew up on a farm in Vermont’s remote Northeast Kingdom. They keep close to each other and have a shared sense that 
their way of life is coming to an end. But only when Paul returns home
 on his Harley Panhead to help his parents with the farm does the drama
 really begin. The dream of the open road—wind in the hair, power in
 the groin—is common among men young and old, but it is fraught with 
complexity and often danger. Panhead follows Paul on his journey from
 a hillside farm to college, to work in the Midwest and almost home 
again.

“Panhead, like Schubart’s previous books is suffused with humor, humanity and most of all insight. Schubart has taken his native Vermont and transformed it into a meditation on the human condition.”

- Ernest Hebert, author of I Love U and Never Back Down

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  • Originally published:

    P (ISBN: 978-0-9834852-6-1) Magic Hill Press LLC – 2/1/2012

    E (ISBN: 978-0-9834852-7-8) Magic Hill Press LLC – 2/1/2012

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I Am Baybie

2014 – Independent Publishers of New England Book Awards – Literary Fiction Finalist: I Am Baybie, William Schubart

I can’t tell you how much I love I AM BAYBIE.  It goes right to the heart of our humanity.  It is also the most American book I have read since, I don’t know, LONESOME DOVE.  Baybie is a magnificent character, with a voice for the ages.  She makes me proud to be a human being. Howard Frank Mosher, author of Marie Blythe and Walking to Gatlinburg.

 I just finished your book last night. What a terrific job you did! It’s a really good book. There were parts when I was just being carried along, forgetting that I was reading something written by my friend Bill. At those times, it was just me and Baybie. She was talking right to me. A beautiful book. Joe Citro, author of Shadow Child and The Gore

 

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The novel, I Am Baybie, is a first-person narrative of a blind street singer in New York City. “Her early life was marked by a succession of tragedies,” Bill has written. “Blinded at birth by a drunken doctor, she was later molested by a foster father and then sterilized as a young woman by a doctor who thought he was doing her a favor. Yet the few people in her life, those she met on the street and the six who attended her small church in an abandoned storefront in Brooklyn, brought her joy. I had never met anyone who saw life and the people she encountered with such generosity of spirit. Only by putting her story into words could I ever hope to fully recall the grace and gratitude this woman brought into my own much easier life.” For more, including her music, visit IAmBaybie.com.

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    P (ISBN: 978-0-9834852-9-2) Magic Hill Press LLC – 5/16/2013

    E (ISBN: (978-0-9897121-1-8) Magic Hill Press LLC – 5/16/2013

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Photographic Memory

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Photographic Memory is about the impact of photographs on memory. Are the photographs themselves the memory or do they merely record and prompt it? The story follows a boy’s struggles as he grows up in two very different cultures – one, the urbane world of his paternal grandmother, peopled with artists, publishers, and financiers, and the other, a small, tightly-knit, Vermont community of farmers, loggers and tradesmen where he lives with his mother and new French-Canadian stepfather. Widowed in World War II, David’s mother takes her infant son and flees the stifling world of her in-laws to start over in rural Vermont. Young David must now reconcile the expectations of his German-Jewish grandmother and those of his new Québécois-Catholic family. The differences come to a head the summer he accompanies his imperious grandmother on the “grand tour” and tells her he has decided to postpone college and work on a chainsaw crew in Vermont’s remote Northeast Kingdom.

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  • Originally published:

    ISBN 978-0-9834852-8-5 - Magic Hill Press - Original Publication, June 15, 2014

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The Lamoille Stories II

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A wholly new collection of Lamoille Stories from Vermont author, Bill Schubart. Many of the original characters in the 2008 edition like Jeeter, Pete, Theron and Lila are back in this new set of stories.

• Hiding his beer from his wife, Willy discovers that if he buries a 12 oz. bottle of Old Fitzgerald beer in the woods, in time it’ll grow into a quart.

• Auctioneer, Art Messier, comes unhinged when, at the end of his auction, his nemesis Pete and his boys bid up the value on an end-lot box of junk.

• David unwillingly discovers the mysteries of the female sex when he loses his VW keys.

• Eugenie raises pigs, but ever since childhood has dreaded the chaos of slaughter, until she cooks up the ultimate anesthetic send-off for her pets.

• After 60 years of marriage, Theron’s wife Lila succumbs to diabetes on their farm. Theron defies local funeral traditions and, with the help of his friend Dr. Phil, lays Lila to her final rest.

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  • Originally published:

    ISBN: 978-0-9897121-3-2 Magic Hill Press LLC – 9/1/2014

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Contemporary Vermont Fiction

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Contemporary Vermont Fiction, An Anthology

Edited by Robin MacArthur
Foreword by John Elder

Work by: Wallace Stegner, Julia Alvarez, Joseph Bruchac, Annie Proulx, Suzanne Kingsbury, Peter Gould, Miciah Bay Gault, Bill Schubart, Howard Frank Mosher, Castle Freeman Jr. Robin MacArthur, Jeffrey Lent, Laurie Alberts, Megan Mayhew Bergman and Ellen Lesser

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  • Originally published: Fall 2014

Lila & Theron

 

Lila  and Theron is set in rural America and relates a personal story of love and sacrifice. Lila and Theron do not imagine themselves poor, nor do they covet what they don’t have. They are whole in themselves and on their land – in marked contrast to today’s victim culture of safe spaces and narcissism.

Bill Schubart grew up among farmers and loggers in Vermont’s rural Northeast Kingdom, where survival depended not on institutions but on family, neighbors, hand tools, and the bounty of wilderness. Lila and Theron are from a time and place where the arguments that divide us today would seem meaningless against the exigencies of kinship and survival.

I have long considered Bill Schubart to be the wisest columnist in America.  That same wisdom, deep life experience, and empathy come shining through on every page of his new novel, Lila and Theron.  Full of joy, sadness, humor, and insight, Lila and Theron is a clear-eyed celebration of our almost boundless capacity, despite all our human frailties, to love both one another and the place we call home.  Over the years, I have known many true and good country people like Lila and Theron, whom I have been proud and honored to call my friends.  This is a beautiful book. – Howard Frank Mosher, author of Marie Blythe and Walking to Gatlinburg.

In a time all too rich with bombast and noise, Bill Schubart gives us a quiet tale of love, commitment, and utterly human interdependence—at once hard and graceful, plainspoken and eloquent. This is a romance that sidesteps shopworn clichés for sometimes painful truths, and leaves the reader moved, thoughtful, and mourning the rarity of such honesty. A small and lovely book. – Archer Mayor, author of Presumption of Guilt (Joe Gunther Series)

Through the eyes of Lila and Theron, Schubart manages to not only give us a great love story, but also an homage to an icy hardscrabble Vermont, and a portrait of an evolving rural America in the 20th century. This book is both heartbreaking, tender, and as real as a winter day. I loved it.  – Tom Christopher Greene, author of The Headmaster’s Wife

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  • Originally published: June 6, 2017 by Charles Michael Publishing
  • Distributed by Simon & Schuster
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Reader Comments

“As I finished the last page and closed the book, I sat in silence for a good 15 or 20 minutes. Didn’t move, didn’t cry, didn’t think about anything….  I just stayed there with Lila and Theron until I was ready to move on…. I have never reacted to the end of a book that way.” anon.

“I just finished the book. I’m on a train east of Syracuse and wondering whether any other passenger can see, hear, my crying.  Lila and Theron is so full of quiet integrity, compassion, love, kindness, and accurate closeness to the land—I cannot even begin to praise it enough.” Peter G.

“I have finished Lila and Theron and I must tell you that it was one of the most moving love stories I have ever read.” Dave U.

“It’s a totally engrossing, tenderly-told story about a couple living the rural life in Vermont, covering the late 1800s and 3/4 of the 20th century. It is a page-turner, taking one deeply into the daily life of subsistence living. It felt like time-travel to mewhen I ‘returned’ to the 21st century, I felt somewhat ashamed of our materialistic lives.” Susan B.

“I can’t remember the last book I found so moving. I wept through the last twenty pages, overwhelmed by the beauty of the story and saddened to be at its end. It’s a quick read but takes you deep into the trenches of a well-weathered partnership and the ever-changing landscapes of VT. It’s a must-read.” Anne S.

“I got to read Lila & Theron (in Vermont of course!)​ Wonderful – tears in my eyes with the ending. Your artistry is superb. Your old friend, Pat Leahy”

“I wanted you to know how much I’m enjoying your book, and how much I needed to read a story about decent people in relationship to one another…it has been my company for two nights running, and I am loving it.” Erica H.

“Saw “Lila and Theron” on the table the other day and was drawn to the cover, the lovely illustration, soft colors and touchable surface of the dust jacket. Picked it up and read it in two nights.  When they got to be 91 and 93 I knew what was coming and I did not want to finish it but of course I did. What a beautifully written, touching story of love and devotion without all the frills and distractions.   Such a unique story.  I would love to read more from Bill Schubart.” Anon.

“Your new novel arrived in the mail yesterday. I read it cover to cover last evening. The whole story–raw, intense and touching– stayed with me all day. The opening is an amazing piece of writing, a tour de force. Your descriptions and attention to detail are impressive. Chapter 30 brought me to tears.” Steph B.

“We just finished “Lila and Theron”, reading it to each other at night and allowing ourselves only one chapter per evening, so we savored it. What a wonderfully poignant story of love and devotion.  It had that bareness of “Our Town” and was a reminder of the frailty of life, and the small pleasures than ennoble it.” Ralph and L. B.

“What a beautiful Vermont love story. More important is that this literary gem is a magnificent way to learn about Vermont’s transition from the 19th to the 20th century. Thank you again for the book and writing this important story for understanding the character of Vermont.” Steve T.

“Am writing this email through tears to which I was reduced by the very moving ending. What an incredible and well-crafted description of the difficult lives in the hills of Vermont. It felt 100% authentic in every detail. Thank you so much for a beautiful and moving love story warts and all. Congratulations on another literary triumph.” Nan M.

“Wanted you to know how deeply affected I was by Lila and Theron. Finished it last night and sat on my sofa dissolved. Incredible heart in your book. And as spare of missteps as anything I’ve read… Thank you for a perfectly splendid literature which will be treasured by so many of us and future generations.” Pat M.

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