During a paper mill strike in a small Maine town, the lives of two families collide around a company CEO and a man building a wooden ark in his yard. Criss-crossing the lines between workers and management, novelist Monica Wood’s first play is a revealing drama about family, loyalty, and the quiet tragedies of mill-town life.



Monica Wood

Monica Wood is a novelist and fiction writer best known for the novel Any Bitter Thing (2005) and her best-selling memoir When We Were the Kennedys (2012), which won the May Sarton Award for best memoir by a U.S. or Canadian woman. Born in Mexico, Maine and currently living in Portland, Wood’s fiction is frequently set in Maine and draws on her experiences living and growing-up with working class people in rural New England. Her other books include Secret Language (1993), My Only Story (2000), and Ernie’s Ark (2002). Her short stories are widely anthologized, and won her the Pushcart Prize for short fiction. Papermaker is Wood’s first play.

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