Printed through the independent press of Maine Authors Publishing
The small community of Kestrel Cove is pretty much the same as any other fishing town on the Maine coast – a tight-knit group of hardworking and hardheaded characters living within the ebbs and flows of a life dedicated to catching lobsters. But there is one thing that is unique: the residents of Kestrel Cove believe that a Russian satellite cruises overhead every night to spy on them. And even though they know that they should behave while they’re being watched, they’re unable to stop themselves from being who they really are.
Enter Jamie Kurtz, an underachieving graduate from a nearby private college. After disappointing his father and getting cut off from any financial support, he is forced to get a summer job with a recently injured lobsterman in Kestrel Cove. And while Jamie is able to handle the physically demanding work of lobstering, he struggles to find his niche in the social fabric of the community. No matter how hard he tries, he remains an outsider who is closely watched and talked about, but not entirely included.
Eventually, after sharing moments of happiness and sadness with them, he’s accepted as one of their own. In the process, he not only finds true love, but feels what it is like to belong to something bigger than himself. When his former college professor comes to him with an offer that’s too good to pass up, he’s faced with the difficult choice of whether to stay in Kestral Cove or leave. A decision of this magnitude might be out of his control – perhaps the satellite should just decide what is best!
“Bridgford delights the reader with colorful individuals whose behavior and personalities only occasionally bump against credulity, and always with refreshing gusto.” – Portland Press Herald
“Hauling Through by Peter Bridgford is an exciting novel with a lot of adventure, suspense, and intrigue. Readers will be lured deeply into this brilliantly well-written piece. Peter Bridgford’s talent shines through on every page.” – San Francisco Book Review
““Hauling Through” is the perfect title for Jamie’s erratic journey from spoiled rich kid to independent, confident young man ready to stand on his own two feet.” – CentralMaine.com
“The narrative takes a few unexpected turns, including a few point of view changes, that keep the story fresh and interesting. The subject matter is, at first, presented as the amusing stuff of summer beach reads, but the story goes through a few darker turns as it progresses.” – Manhattan Book Review
“Though a coming-of-age story about a confused twenty-something trying to figure out his way in life is not a new exploration in fiction, HAULING THROUGH’s offering to the genre comes with its own brand of quirkiness.” – IndieReader