by Joe Coomer
There are "three things worth doing in life: making something new, caring for something old, and finding something lost." An artist living a contemplative existence on a tiny island off the coast of Maine encounters all three in a single year of change and discovery. Happily resigned to a solitary life of artistic endeavor, Hannah Bryant is initially resistant to the ties that threaten to bind her when first a dog, then a teenaged boy and finally a whole cast of interesting characters begin washing up on the shore of the island she's inherited from her uncle. Brimming with beautifully described imagery and authentic interactions, Pocketful of Names affirms the importance of family; new, old and found.