University Press of New England





Hardscrabble Books–Fiction of New England


The titles from Hardscrabble Books are “fiction of New England,” both original works and paperback reprints. The name Hardscrabble conveys a sense of human experience as shaped by environment. From the White Mountains of New Hampshire to the coast of Maine to the woods of Vermont; from urban centers such as Boston to Provincetown on the tip of Cape Cod, Hardscrabble Books also represent the breadth and rich variety of New England. Like the tough and attractive dandelion flower of the logo, Hardscrabble Books are aesthetically satisfying, useful, ubiquitous, and, when properly fermented, intoxicating.

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The Adventures of Allegra Fullerton
Or, A Memoir of Startling and Amusing Episodes from Itinerant Life—A Novel
A picaresque novel of the remarkable life of a liberated 19th-century woman.
Begiebing, Robert J.

Leaving Pico

Set in the vibrant Portuguese community of Cape Cod, a compelling story of a young man’s coming-of-age
Gaspar, Frank X.

Marie Blythe

A picaresque saga of a young French-Canadian woman in Vermont, available in a new paperback edition
Mosher, Howard Frank

The Old American
A Novel
A long-awaited new novel set in the period of the French and Indian Wars brings a new dimension to the region’s history
Hebert, Ernest

Rebecca Wentworth’s Distraction

A novel of art and obsession in eighteenth-century New England.
Begiebing, Robert J.

The Story of a Bad Boy

The timeless boyhood adventures of a mischievous lad in 19th-century New England, in a new edition for today's readers.
Aldrich, Thomas Bailey. A. B. Frost, illus.; David Watters, introd.

The Strange Death of Mistress Coffin

Based on an actual unsolved murder from the records of colonial America, Robert J. Begiebing’s The Strange Death of Mistress Coffin is at once a spellbinding mystery and a fascinating evocation of life in early America.
Begiebing, Robert J.

Summer Light

A Maine vacation forces a young woman to challenge her own understanding of the world in a sharply insightful first novel
Robinson, Roxana

Understood Betsy

A well-loved classic is once again available
Fisher, Dorothy Canfield

Where the Rivers Flow North

Available again, six tales of Kingdom County, Vermont
Mosher, Howard Frank