An old shoe factory in a coastal New England town is up for sale again. When a private equity mogul with a fondness for the factory's shoes buys it he sets in motion a story with profound implications for the way we live today. For the people of Bealport depend on Norumbega. Their livelihoods, their self-respect, their interconnectedness, are all at stake. The shadow of factories fate looms over the people of town. Idiosyncratic and humane; a cast that small communities under threat produce. Bealport is a portrait of a place, at once sympathetic, mordant, unsparing, comic, tragic, and universal, and of a way of life that is passing. It is a novel of a town, and to no small degree of every town, in America and beyond.
Jeffrey Lewis is the author of Meritocracy: A Love Story, The Conference of the Birds, Theme Song for an Old Show and Adam the King - four novels that together comprise The Meritocracy Quartet - Berlin Cantata and, most recently, The Inquisitor's Diary. Lewis has twice won the Independent Publishers Gold Medal for Literary Fiction as well as two Emmys and the Writers' Guild Award for his work as a writer and producer of the critically acclaimed television series Hill Street Blues.