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Pink Chimneys

Paperback, 336 pages, 5.5 x 8.5, Fiction

ISBN: 978-1-944762-00-1

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About this Book:

Set against the backdrop of nineteenth-century Bangor, when it was the lumber capital of the world, Ardeana Hamlin's novel tells the stories of three women brought together by the infamous brothel called Pink Chimneys. In order to survive, they must form unlikely alliances and discover the strength to overcome the odds in a culture that tries -- and fails -- to limit their potential. Originally published in 1987, this is the first Islandport Edition, a special 30th Anniversary edition that includes an author's note.

Read the book's prologue here.

Pink Chimneys

Pink Chimneys could well be the quintessential “Maine” historic novel . . . The real strength in the book (and likely its enduring appeal) lies in the story’s turns as well as its likeable characters and their abilities to endure and cope with life’s adversitites and the consequences of the choices they have made. However, Pink Chimneys is not a hard, gritty novel, nor is it a romance novel either. Ms Hamlin manages to craft a good story, firmly based in history without resorting to detailed descriptions of what goes on up on the second floor at Pink Chimneys. Nor does she resort to affected wordings of love and romance. In doing so, she has written a timeless novel that was entertaining to read.”
––The Miramichi Reader

Read the entire review here.

From Pink Chimneys to The Havener Sisters

From Pink Chimneys to The Havener Sisters

An Appreciation of Ardeana Hamlin's Historical Fiction

by Elise Ozarowski

When Ardeana Hamlin’s Pink Chimneys was originally published in 1987, the writer did not realize her debut novel would become a classic. She “figured it would enjoy a year or two of popularity and fade gracefully away.”

Before writing Pink Chimneys, a tale of the infamous nineteenth-century Bangor brothel, Hamlin had never even considered publishing a novel. Her primary focus was  journalism. However, the Bingham, Maine native was always been interested in the state’s history, and this story set along the Penobscot River during the heyday of the city's lumbering boom intrigued her. Still, she was surprised that it has enjoyed far longer than the brief burst of popularity she first imagined. It was republished in 2007, twenty years after its original release, and it has has spawned two follow-up novels. In 2011, Abbott’s Reach was published and now in 2015 a third book in this series, The Havener Sisters, has arrived.

With the publication of The Havener Sisters comes an opportunity to step back and examine the themes that run through her complex and layered body of work. Her fiction is built upon the same skills that make her a successful journalist, though these elements work slightly differently in the context of a novel. Her smart yet subtle humor is reminiscent of Jane Austen, and her ability to create intimacy in the third person is reminiscent of Charlotte Brontë. While her writing conveys the time period and setting, there is something unapologetically modern about it, giving her work a quality that all writers strive for: timelessness.

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Q & A with Ardeana Hamlin

Q & A with Ardeana Hamlin

Check out the Islandport Press blog to read an interview with Ardeana Hamlin. Click here to go to the post.

Ardeana Hamlin

About this Author

Ardeana Hamlin grew up in Bingham, Maine, in the 1950s and 1960s, in the days of the river drives, the veneer mill, and the woods operations. She has always loved writing; Hamlin wrote her



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