This was the prologue of Pink Chimneys, 30th Anniversary Edition by Ardeana Hamlin. The now-classic book set in nineteenth-century Bangor, Maine tells the stories of three young women: Maude, a headstrong midwife; Fanny, the rags-to-riches housemistress of the infamous Pink Chimneys brothel; and Elizabeth, an orphaned, demure seamstress. They are linked together by blood and birth, the trying daily tasks of being a woman, their common strength, and the brothel Pink Chimneys in the center of it all. Its universal themes of love, coming-of-age, feminism, sex, and marriage have resonated far beyond its original 1987 publication date.
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. Her work at a family planning clinic in the 1970s and interest in Maine history brought her to the writing of Pink Chimneys. After getting much acclaim for her first novel, she went on to write a sequel twenty-four years later titled Abbott's Reach, published by Islandport Press. The Havener Sisters, the sequel to Abbott's Reach was also published by Islandport in 2015.
Pink Chimneys is available from Islandport Press, online book retailers nationwide, or from your favorite local bookstore.