Books by David Maine

IS IT NIGHT OR DAY? by Fern Schumer Chapman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2010

Most Holocaust stories for children focus on the inhumanity that took place in European countries; fewer deal with the severe hardships experienced by children sent to America and their struggles to assimilate into a foreign culture. Based on the experiences of the author's mother as part of the One Thousand Children project, this empathetic historical novel rings with authenticity. Edith Westerfeld is 12 when her parents send her from their German home to America. Almost half of the story takes place aboard the ship as she and the other lonely refugee children turn to each other to ease their fears. Life in Chicago is filled with discrimination; even her aunt treats her like a servant. The one bright spot is following Hank Greenberg's baseball career, but wearing her mother's Star of David doesn't keep him from being drafted or bring her parents to America (they die in concentration camps). The title's significance is revealed on the last page: As Edith mourns the loss of everything, she realizes that to honor her parents she must be willing to live. Moving. (Historical fiction. 10-13)Read full book review >
MONSTER, 1959 by David Maine
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"A generally inspired writer fumbles with this take on monsters and manmade 20th-century mayhem."
Maine (The Book of Samson, 2006, etc.) falls short of his usual high standard in his fourth fictional riff on a well-known tale: in this case, an island monster in love with a buxom blonde. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF SAMSON by David Maine
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"Provocative and beautifully told—a breakout novel for Maine."
Maine's superb third novel continues his sly examination of the Old Testament, this time delineating the story of Samson and Dalila. Read full book review >
FALLEN by David Maine
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2005

"At once witty and poignant, Maine captures the frail humanity of the world's first family."
A thought-provoking account of man's fall from grace. Read full book review >
THE PRESERVATIONIST by David Maine
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2004

"Neither satire nor hagiography, but an idiomatic modern rendering of the biblical tale in accord both with contemporary sensibilities and historical accounts. "
Newcomer Maine cleverly retells the story of Noah and the Flood from the perspective of the great man's wife and children. Read full book review >