CENTER HARBOR — Bayswater Book Co. will welcome New Hampshire writer and editor, Edie Clark on Friday, November 1 from 10 a.m. to noon as she introduces her newest book, "What There Was Not To Tell."
When asked to describe her newest work, she writes: "This is a book about war, what war does to anyone it touches, how the loss of one man (the man my mother hoped to marry) affected not only my mother, his family, and her own family, but also my sister and myself as we grew up, aware of the loss of Tom but unable to understand it. Based on more than 2,000 letters left to me after my parents died, What There Was Not To Tell tells the specific story of our family's loss which could be the story of any family who has lost a soldier in war, any war. The book took me 15 years to put together, starting with the massive task of reading through the letters and transcribing them into my computer and ending with an odyssey that took me to Camp Lejeune where my mother trained to be a Marine in an effort to look for Tom, to San Diego to see where she worked during the war and ultimately to Hawaii in search of Tom's grave. The journey to find Tom took me many places, physical and emotional and was ultimately redemptive."
Edie Clark has been writing and editing from her home in New Hampshire for the past thirty years. She has written extensively about New England in feature stories for Yankee magazine, where she served as Senior Editor for ten years and then Senior Writer and Fiction Editor for another fourteen years. Her multiple part series on topics such as land development, water pollution, the Christian Science church, the Connecticut River, and the politics of Lyme Disease have gained widespread attention. Her monthly column, Mary's Farm, is beloved by many. In her hundreds of articles published by Yankee, she has established her reputation as one who writes about ordinary lives changed by one extraordinary act or circumstance.