The Bar Harbor Retirement Home For Famous Writers (And Their Muses)

by Terri-Lynne DeFino

On Sale: 20/06/2018


About the Book

Writers only get better with age . . .

Alfonse Carducci was a literary giant who lived his life to excess-with lovers, alcohol, parties, and professional rivalries in abundance. But today he's come to the Bar Harbor Home for the Elderly to spend the remainder of his days among kindred spirits: the literary world's nearly gone but never forgotten greats. Only now, at the end of his life, does he comprehend the price of appeasing every desire and the consequences of forsaking love to pursue glory-for Alfonse has an unshakable case of writer's block that distresses him much more than his precarious health.

Set on the water in one of New England's most beautiful locales, the Bar Harbor Home was established specifically for writers needing a place to live out their golden years-or final days-in understated luxury and surrounded by congenial book lovers. A faithful staff of nurses and orderlies are drawn into their orbit, as they are forced to reckon with their own life stories. Among them is Cecibel Bringer. A terrible accident changed her forever in a split second that Cecibel can never forget. But Cecibel never anticipated the impact of meeting her favorite writer, Alfonse Carducci. In Cecibel, Alfonse finds a muse who returns to him the passion he thought he lost. The words flow from Alfonse, weaving a tale soon taken up by the other residents, and reawaken Cecibel to the idea of love and forgiveness.

As the edges between story and reality blur, a world within a world is created. It's a place where joie de vivre returns, where the old are made young, the damaged are made whole, and anything is possible. . . .

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062742674
  • ISBN 10: 0062742671
  • Imprint: HarperCollins - US
  • On Sale: 20/06/2018
  • Pages: 336
  • List Price: 27.99 AUD
  • BISAC1: Fiction & related items / Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)


Terri-Lynne DeFino was born and raised in New Jersey, but escaped to the wilds of Connecticut where she still lives with her husband, and her cats. If you knock on her door, she'll invite you in and feed you. That's what Jersey Italian women do, because you can take the girl out of Jersey, but you can't take the Jersey out of the girl. She is the author of the Bitterly Suite romance series published by Kensington Lyrical.

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