Nowle's Passing by Edith Forbes

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A third of Vermont’s farms are being squeezed out of business, and enigmatic farmer Vernon Nowle is found shot dead. The police assume the fatal wound was self-inflicted, but was it really suicide? Rooted in the austere beauty of New England, “Nowle’s Passing” unravels its mystery and characters with dazzling skill and genuine heart.

Praise for Nowle’s Passing

“[A] thoughtful, well-written novel…The chief interest here is not in the solution of a crime but in Edith Forbes’s poignant consideration of the eddying power of an aloof, honorable, hard-working stoic who has become, for good or ill, a god to his children… Existential questions haunt all of us and lift Nowle’s Passing far above the formulas of genre, helping to transform Edith Forbes’s mystery into the fine meditative novel that it is.”
— New York Times Book Review

“Here, as in Alma Rose, Forbes employs exquisitely precise language to tell a hopeful story of one woman’s emergence from a self-made cocoon.” [starred]
Publisher’s Weekly

“Forbes is a writer of consummate skill, with an ability to create characters and situation that are almost poetic in their intensity while still anchored in complete credibility.”
— Bay Area Reporter