Book: The Lamoille Stories
—Howard Frank Mosher, author of Disappearances, Mary Blythe, and On Kingdom Mountain
Every year on the Fourth of July, Jeeter’s wife Lou struts in the town parade wearing suspenders made of jumper cables with a tow chain around her waist. Those in the know—which means everyone in town—chuckle at Lou’s silent commentary on her husband’s skill as an automotive mechanic. But Jeeter has a different perspective: “That’s my wife right there,” he tells a stranger. “She knows cars.”
Author Bill Schubart brings to life the friends and characters of his native Lamoille County, where in the late 1950s and early 1960s, life was lived close to the earth and often against the grain. Schubart’s collection of twenty-two stories captures Vermont in its transition from an enclave of hill farms and small towns where everyone knew your grandfather to a place where vehicles bearing license plates from “away” mix with hippie vans filled with born-again Vermonters getting back to the land…until snowfall. It’s a time and place where the Jeeters of The Lamoille Stories rub elbows with the ladies of the Uplift Club, all to the fiddle accompaniment of Québécois music played by people whose conversations often weave French and English together in a single sentence.
Schubart’s full-hearted and compassionate evocation of this Vermont is by turns poignant, funny and savory. The stories give readers a good excuse to stay up too late to discover how Wyvis will circumvent the new Vermont prohibition on having more than three junk cars in your yard or how Charlie is going to get Edgar to pay him for his new chimney. Schubart’s thoroughly enjoyable short
story collection is as finely etched as the frost crystals on your winter window.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Bill Schubart was born in New York City. His father died in the Philippines before his birth. Soon after, his widowed mother moved them both to Morrisville, Vermont, where she later remarried and had two more children. Schubart attended Exeter Academy, Kenyon College and graduated from UVM with a degree in French. Over the years, he co-founded Philo Records and Resolution, and has been active in various cultural, civic and business organizations throughout his lifetime in Vermont. He has four children and lives and writes in Hinesburg with his wife Kate.