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Praise for the Novels of Katharine Davis
East Hope
“Katharine Davis has written an utterly irresistible novel, suffused with the special light and clarity of Maine. A book about second chances and real love, with characters as complicated as we really are. I couldn't put it down.”
—Lee Smith, author of
The Last Girls
On Agate Hill
“A warm and gentle journey on the long road between loss and hope. The writing and characters are as crisp and clear as the Maine setting in this moving story about the transforming power of forgiveness and letting go.”
—Karen White, author of
The Memory of Water
The House on Tradd Street

East Hope
is a charming love story, delightfully old-fashioned with a very modern twist. Katharine Davis captures Maine not just as a setting but as the character it is.”
—Lily King, author of
The English Teacher
“Katharine Davis's captivating novel of loss and recovery follows a forty-four-year-old woman from a long-settled life into one that is anything but certain. The author's clean prose suits the spare setting. . . . Her keen sensitivity to the people and countryside in that remote place vividly evokes its power to reshape her character's life.”
—Kathleen Maloy, author of
Every Last Cuckoo
Written by today's freshest new talents and selected by New American Library, NAL Accent novels touch on subjects close to a woman's heart, from friendship to family to finding our place in the world. The Conversation Guides included in each book are intended to enrich the individual reading experience, as well as encourage us to explore these topics together—because books, and life, are meant for sharing.
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“Katharine Davis has created an elegant and compelling tale about loss, love, and, of course, hope. Her characters are rich, her story is gripping, and her prose beautiful and effortless.”
—Joanne Rendell, author of
The Professors' Wives' Club
Capturing Paris
“The layered experience and sensibilities of Americans in Paris are captured marvelously in this haunting and evocative novel by Katharine Davis. Reminiscent of William Maxwell's
The Chateau
Capturing Paris
is an impressive debut.”
—Katharine Weber, author of
“In this graceful and atmospheric first novel, Katharine Davis explores a question that fascinates us all: What if I had chosen differently, when I still had my choices to make? Through Annie's reinvention of herself in a time of flux, we see anew the consequences of deciding to be who we are, and the consequences of questioning all that we have been.”
—Carolyn Parkhurst, author of
Dogs of Babel
Capturing Paris
, we meet Annie Reed, poet and wife, navigating through a year of upheaval. Through it all, her adopted city of Paris glows, with its abundance of charm, quirks, and moods, all beautifully captured in Katharine Davis's sensitive observations.”
—Leslie Pietrzyk, author of
A Year and a Day
“Dreamy and sentimental, readers with a soft spot for the City of Light will want to give this a look.”
Publishers Weekly
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First Printing, February 2009
Copyright © Katharine Davis, 2009
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Epigraph on page ix
Johnson, ed., Cambridge, Mass.:
The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, Copyright © 1951, 1955, 1979, 1983
by the President and Fellows of Harvard College.
Davis, Katharine.
East Hope/Katharine Davis.
p. cm.
ISBN : 978-1-101-56497-4
1. Widows—Fiction. 2. Booksellers and bookselling—Fiction. 3. Maine—Fiction. 4. Conduct of life—
Fiction. I. Title.
PS3604.A967E17 2009
813'.6—dc22 2008024547
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would like to thank my agent, Katherine Fausset, for her enthusiasm, support, and quick replies to all my questions. Many thanks to Ellen Edwards, my editor, for her careful reading and wonderful insights. I am fortunate to be able to work with such dedicated women who are both so generous with their time.
Thanks to E. J. Levy, C. M. Mayo, Ann McLaughlin, Carolyn Parkhurst, Leslie Pietrzyk, and Amy Stolls for reading the novel in its early stages and giving me excellent advice.
I am always grateful for the love and support from my family. A very special thanks to my sister Carroll Charlesworth, for her reading and listening to the novel, often on her porch on the Ken-nebec River, and giving me invaluable suggestions. And thanks to my sister Mary Harding, for introducing me to so many beautiful places Down East, and showing me the real Hope, Maine. And, most of all, thanks to my husband, Bob Davis, who is always willing to listen—the greatest editor of all.
“Hope” is the thing with feathers—
That perches in the soul—
And sings the tune without the words—
And never stops—at all—
aroline Waverly wished that she hadn't accepted the invitation for dinner. She glanced again at the street, then pressed the doorbell and waited.
Pete opened the door. “How's my favorite redhead?” He smiled.
Caroline stepped into the air-conditioned house. Pete drew her into a hug, his fingers pressing into her back through the fabric of her raincoat and silk shirt. He kissed her lightly on the cheek, and as they drew apart the scent of his aftershave mixing with a whiff of bourbon reminded her of Harry's funeral. There had been a reception with cocktails after the service.
“It's nice of you to have me.” She tucked a strand of hair behind one ear, feeling its weight more than usual in the humid evening. “I thought you might have given up after my saying no so many times.”
“I'd never give up on you,” he said. After twenty-five years in Washington he hadn't lost his South Carolina drawl.
“I'm not sure I'm up for this,” she said.
“It's just us and the Cummingses.” He slipped Caroline's raincoat from her shoulders and she shivered in the cool air. Her skin was clammy, her coat too warm for the humid evening. The hot weather in Washington—unusual for early May—had taken everyone by surprise.
Caroline's husband, Harry, had died at the beginning of November, exactly six months before. She still found it difficult to be with people—the mere exchange of pleasantries with her neighbors made her feel awkward, as if she didn't know who she was anymore. Forty-four years old and a widow, a fact that still filled her with disbelief. On this May evening, when the world around her was lush in the newness of spring, she felt ancient.
Pete Spencer, Harry's business partner and best friend, and his wife, Marjorie, had invited her to their home. She had been indoors all day, but despite the threat of rain she'd decided to walk to the Spencers' house, less than a mile from her own. The fresh air, she thought, might do her good. Mostly she just needed to get through this day, marking yet another month since her husband's death.
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