Down East 2013 ©
The illustrated and often funny adventures of writer Elizabeth Peavey and landscape artist Marguerite Robichaux have enlivened the pages of Down East for many years. Now the plucky duo has gathered their stories into one gorgeous volume, Glorious Slow Going: Maine Stories of Art, Adventure and Friendship (Pucker Art Publications, Boston; hardcover; 119 pages; $50).
Through Robichaux’s oils and watercolors and Peavey’s smart and lively writing, readers travel vicariously to a remote fishing camp and a snow-covered yurt, where Robichaux, a Louisiana native and avid cook, warms things up with crawfish soup and red beans and rice with deer sausage. With Peavey, the city gal out of her element, and Roubichaux, her competent, confident guide, readers go fly-fishing, bird watching, and sightseeing from the Canadian border to the sea.
But this is not a travel guide. It is a passionate portrait of Peavey and Robichaux’s shared love, Maine, and an appreciation of the friendship that has blossomed and deepened through their explorations. — Virginia M. Wright