RUMNEY — Author Maxwell MacPherson, Jr., a resident of Alexandria, will be available to sign copies of his book, A Family Affair at The Common Cafe from 1-3 p.m on Saturday, December 28.
A Family Affair begins the adventures of Alex and Bess as their romance blossoms. Maxwell MacPherson Jr. weaves the families' tales around a young man's experiences with various forms of wildlife and other animals. Fishing, hunting, animal husbandry, and animal observation are a constant thread throughout the story.
The opening scene takes place on a river in Alex's hometown, where Alex enjoys himself as he walks along the paths of the Pasquaney River and fishes for salmon while observing Blue Herons, mink and red-winged blackbirds. Comedy and then, when least expected, tragedy, follow the lives of the various characters. From the catching of a duck on a fly made from duck feathers to the untimely death of Abigail, Bess' sister. Then the rampage of a large four-footed animal in Belchertown and the sudden impact of a falling tree killing Alex's old friend's wife and unborn child.
Through it all, the novel poises begs the reader to ask whether the love of Alex and Bess can overcome the obstacles they face? One will experience laughter and tears as Alex tells about growing up and falling in love—the struggles, the joys, the bewilderment, and the discoveries he makes.