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“A contemporary classic…a complex, yet idyllic story of childhood in Vermont.” – Los Angeles Times
“A touching and unforgettable portrait of a people and time that are past.” – New York Times Book Review
One of the top 10 books featuring grandparents,
Sarah Morrie Fitzgerald, The Guardian.
Doubleday, 1994; paperback Mariner Books, 2002
Northern Borders is Mosher’s elegiac novel of life in northern Vermont’s Kingdom County, as told by a man remembering his boyhood. In 1948 six-year-old Austen Kittredge III leaves his widowed father to live with his paternal grandparents on their farm in the township of Lost Nation. Escapades at the county fair, doings at the annual family reunion and Shakespeare performance, and conflicts at the one-room schoolhouse are all recounted lovingly in this enchanting coming-of-age story filled with luminous memories and the deepest of childhood secrets, as a boy is molded into a man.
“Within the borders of his fictional kingdom, Mosher has created mountains and rivers, timber forest and crossroads villages, history and language. And he has people the landscape with some of the truest, most memorable characters in contemporary literature.” – Providence Sunday Journal
“One of our very best writers…Mosher offers us a landscape, both natural and human, worth knowing, worth believing in.” – Richard Russo