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Strong for Potatoes

A Novel

Cynthia Thayer

St. Martin's Griffin

Cynthia Thayer's acclaimed debut novel, Strong for Potatoes, is the resonant story of the difficult youth of Blue Willoughby, a remarkable girl growing up in eastern Maine. In a life beset by tragedy, beginning with the death of her twin sister Berry only days after their birth, Blue must discover on her own strength she needs to survive.

Blue's true ally is her grandfather, a full-blooded Passamoquoddy Indian who teaches Blue life's most vital lessons: that the ways of nature can illuminate life, that family can be depended on, that true passion is worth waiting for, and that grief can heal. Most important, he passes on the ways of his ancestors-knowledge that Blue will need to find a sense of her own true self amid the chaos of her adolescence.

Reminiscent of Dorothy Allison and Barbara Kingsolver, Strong for Potatoes is a rich, evocative literary debut by a gifted writer and teller of the most rewarding kind of story: beautifully crafted, authentic, moving, and ultimately uplifting.

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Strong For Potatoes
Blue riding her new bike. June 25, 1991 First pictures with my new tripod.CHAPTER 1 
 
"Hey, you got an eyedropper?" Brian asked."You mean one of those things in the bottles, those long glass things?""Yeah, you know, you squeeze the rubber thing at the top and the stuff drips out."The linen closet where the medicines were kept was dark and full of boxes and bottles. I rummaged through old towels, Halloween makeup, blond hair dye Mama used once when she found a gray hair, and finally found a bottle of antibiotic that I used when my eye socket got infected.
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Praise for Strong for Potatoes

"Harrowing yet beautiful, shattering yet life-affirming, Strong for Potatoes is a quietly ambitious story rich with compassion. Cynthia Thayer has written an astonishing debut novel." --Todd D. Brown, author of Entries from a Hot Pink Notebook

"Thayer's first novel is written with skill and patience, like one of Blue's handcrafted ash baskets." --Booklist

"[Strong for Potatoes] celebrates diversity and strong women." --Kirkus Reviews

"Striking in its originality...daring...interesting." --Ellsworth (Maine) American
"Harrowing yet beautiful, shattering yet life-affirming, Strong for Potatoes is a quietly ambitious story rich with compassion. Cynthia Thayer has written an astonishing debut novel." --Todd D. Brown, author of Entries from a Hot Pink Notebook

"Thayer's first novel is written with skill and patience, like one of Blue's handcrafted ash baskets." --Booklist

"[Strong for Potatoes] celebrates diversity and strong women." --Kirkus Reviews

"Striking in its originality...daring...interesting." --Ellsworth (Maine) American

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Cynthia Thayer

  • Cynthia Thayer was born in New York City, raised in Nova Scotia, and now lives in Gouldsboro, Maine, where she, her husband, and daughter-in-law own and operate an organic farm. This is her first novel.
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Strong for Potatoes

A Novel

Cynthia Thayer

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St. Martin's Griffin

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