Meadows & Manure: Coggerton

A tale about the dark side of rural life



The first clue is the name - "Coggerton." Of all the names for towns a fiction writer can pick, why clunky Coggerton? Cassie Atwood, as smart as she is, should have known that moving to a town with a name like Coggerton wouldn't work out. And, spoiler alert, it doesn't.

But Cassie had romantic notions about living the "good life in the hills of New Hampshire" among the "healthy, wholesome farm folk," her son "running through fields of buttercups."

It's not long after the first whiff of manure, wafting in from nearby places like Hog Holler, that Cassie starts to think the move from the city might have been a mistake. Cultured and educated, a quoter of Milton and Poe, she struggles not to be a "snob" - someone who, as her friend Sally says, "thinks they're better'n the rest of us."

Gradually author Jane Wingate reveals the darker side of life in Coggerton and Cassie's alienation in its midst. She doesn't understand the lack of consideration for neighbors - whether it's barking dogs or putting double-wide trailers on land right next to hers.

Writ large, Cassie's conflict is age-old – individual rights versus a concern for the common good. Who's right and who's wrong Wingate doesn't say, but it's easy to read between the lines.

The characters in the book are nicely drawn and the narrative is made rich by Wingate's you-feel-like-you're-there details.

"Coggerton," an eBook, is available for $2.99 at amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com or janewingate.com.

Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Popular Articles

  1. 2016 It List
    Our 2016 It List is the who’s who of New Hampshire. In a time of fact-checking the...
  2. Local artisanal food and drink gift ideas
    The foodie on your shopping list will love any of these 15+ local items
  3. Katrina Simpson is breaking military ground
    Meet the first woman in the National Guard to graduate from the US Army infantry officer basic...
  4. Sweeten the season with the Cookie and Candy Tour
    Visitors can tour 11 Mount Washington Valley inns decked out in their holiday finery, offering...
  5. Pilobolus: The Pioneers
    New Hampshire-born troupe Pilobolus celebrates their 45th anniversary this year. Here, take a...
  6. Holiday decorating tips from the experts
    Three local design experts don their "merrymaker" hats to bring you their very best tips for...
  7. Dealing with Panic Attacks
    Symptoms can feel like a heart attack.
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags