Published DateSANDWICH — "One Minus One," a novel by Ruth Doan MacDougall, has just been published as part of Nancy Pearl's Book Lust Rediscoveries series.
This series is devoted to reprinting some of the best (and now out of print) novels originally published between 1960 and 2000. The books are selected by Nancy Pearl, who is a nationally known librarian, an author, an NPR commentator, and a "Publishers Weekly" columnist. For each book in the series she writes an introduction as well as book-group discussion questions and a list of recommended reading.
"One Minus One" is MacDougall's third novel and was first published in 1971 by G. P. Putnam. It is set in 1969–70, a time of turmoil for the United States—and for its main character, thirty-year-old Emily Bean who, after her devastating divorce, leaves her home in New Hampshire's mountains to work as a teacher in the state's coastal region, trying to make a new future but longing to recapture the past. As Nancy Pearl writes in her introduction, "Who's to say which offers the best guide to how to live your life, your heart or your head?"
A Laconia native, MacDougall has lived in Center Sandwich for 36 years. She is the author of thirteen other novels, including The Snowy Series, and she also updates her father's hiking books, "50 Hikes in the White Mountains" and "50 More Hikes in New Hampshire." On www.ruthdoanmacdougall.com, she writes about life in New Hampshire. She is a recipient of the New Hampshire Writers' Project's Lifetime Achievement Award.
"One Minus One" is published by Amazon Publishing as a paperback, a Kindle e-book, and an audiobook. The paperback is also available at brick-and-mortar bookstores.