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A moose walks into a rural Maine town called Oslo.
Pierre Roy, a brilliant twelve-year-old, loses his memory in an accident. Three families are changed for worse and better as they grapple with trauma, marriage, ambition, and their fraught relationship with the natural world.
Oslo, Maine inspects the strengths and limitations of seven average yet extraordinary people as they reckon with their considerable collective failure around Pierre’s accident. Alliances unravel. Long held secrets are exposed. And throughout, the ever-present moose is the linchpin that drives this richly drawn story, filled with heartbreak and hope, to its unexpected conclusion.
A Note From the Publisher
“Wildly plotted, astutely observed, and brimming with wit. Marcia Butler explores the blunt, hard follies of human nature with verve and humor in this innovative and charming novel.”— Adrienne Brodeur, author of the national bestselling memoir Wild Game
“I raced through this novel in one breathless sitting. Highly recommended!” — Karen Dionne, #1 internationally bestselling author of The Wicked Sister
“Marcia Butler is a master dramatist, a sorceress, and extraordinary novelist.” — E.J. Levy, author of Love, In Theory and forthcoming, The Cape Doctor
“Oslo, Maine is richly satisfying, a book for a quiet afternoon, a cup of tea, music in the background. Don’t mind that big soft nose at the window: the moose has come for you.” — Bill Roorbach, author of The Girl of the Lake, The Remedy for Love, and Life Among Giants
“Gorgeously written and hauntingly told, Butler’s novel, about love, forgiveness, and yes, coming to terms with our failures, is as breathtaking as Maine itself.” — Caroline Leavitt, New York Times Bestselling author of Pictures of You and Cruel Beautiful World