Saturday February 18th at 5PM Kathleen Dean Moore will give a presentation on her debut novel, The Piano Tide, along with pictures and banjo music. It should be a very entertaining presentation!
Nora arrives in Good River Harbor, the last stop on the Alaskan ferry, with her piano and her secrets, accompanied by Chum, a large, loyal dog. It seems like the right kind of place for someone who loves the wilderness and craves solitude. There are fewer than 50 people clinging to the mountainside and living on the docks over the water. Grizzlies rule on the land and Killer Whale fish in the harbor. The mountains, the huge old trees, and the sea grant for free the kind of million dollar views that make a person feel awed by nature.
She arrives on the piano tide, a tide high enough, to bring her piano from the ferry across the water to Green Cove and the small cottage she has taken. Tick, a bear of a man with a wild red beard, takes charge of helping her move the piano, the menfolk of the town are soon heavily invested in assisting with the task because that is what you do for each other in such a small hamlet.
Nora’s intention is to keep a low profile, enjoy the quiet, play her piano, and leave her neighbors to lead their lives as best they can. It is a resolution challenged by Axel Hagerman, the guy who pretty much runs the town. Not an unusual occurrence in a small town, to have a man who owns most of the assets and runs the place as he sees fit. Axel is not a bad man, he loves his wife and daughter fiercely, but he thinks nature is there for his use, and he is not a man to cross. Not if you want to live comfortably in Good River Harbor. He fished and ran a cannery until there were not enough fish left to sustain such activities, logged the spruce and the cedar, now he has turned his attention to the water from a stream, the habitat of salmon.
Tick has lived his whole life in Good River Harbor; he doesn’t yearn for any other place, just to be able to make a living for his wife Annie and sons, young Tommy and teenage Davey. He has fished, logged, worked as a carpenter, but the work ran out. The boys are real charmers. Tick tries to get along and stay on good terms with Axel, despite his son’s affection for Axel’s daughter (unpopular with her father) and Nora’s outrage over the salmon habitat.
The village looks to Axel as the main employer, generally respecting his ability to see potential and seize the initiative to make a dollar. His various enterprises have employed many of them from to time to time. Getting along with Axel can lead to a paycheck in good times, and most of his neighbors find no reason to quarrel with him.
Always on the lookout for new business opportunities, Axel gets the bright idea of capturing bears for use in a tourist attraction to entertain the tourists who come on the ferry for a brief visit. There is no reason to see them get back on board without spending a few dollars; he can charge a pretty penny for his bear viewing attraction. This time Axel’s plan to make nature pay is the spark that ignites consequences, leading those around him to question what is worth protecting, and how far they are willing to go to save what they realize they cherish. Before it is all over, Axel, Nora, and everyone else will have choices to make about what they stand for, what they are willing to risk, and what really matters.
The story is filled with entertaining and endearing characters, especially Tick’s two sons. There is humor, a sense of community, and wonder at the beauty of nature. The Alaskan setting comes to life in this big hearted story about a village of quirky characters that come together when it matters most.
Please call 541-593-2525 or e-mail email@example.com or stop by Sunriver Books & Music to sign up to attend this free presentation. There will be drawings for prizes and light refreshments.