For Immediate Release
Contact:  Rheta Press, Rhea Côté Robbins, 207-989-7059

Wednesday's Child 

 Rheta Press is proud to announce that Wednesday's Child, by Rhea Côté Robbins has been reissued with a new introduction and epilogue.  A memoir, written much in the spirit of "Peyton Place," it is now in its third printing.  Winner of the Maine Chapbook Award, this book has enjoyed an unprecedented popularity, and for the first time in the history of the Chapbook Award, reprint has been granted by special arrangement by the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance.
 Wednesday's Child is a creative nonfiction memoir that is based in Maine's Franco-American heritage.  This book has won critical acclaim and has been a best seller in Maine.  The book can be purchased through bookstores and on the internet: http://www.rhetapress.com/
 Annie Proulx calls Wednesday's Child  "beautiful stuff, a defiant and poignant memoir that transcends the personal.  It is an important book because it gives us a glimpse of the almost unmined Golconda of literary source material in Franco-American lives."
 Sven Birkerts  writes "Against the more familiar observations of the small-town lifer and the urban refugee, Rhea Côté Robbins' syncopations stood out, at once unique and connected to a vibrant and hardscrabble culture.  This is a sensuous recollection made urgent by a pending medical diagnosis, and the result is an energetic, poignant, and revelatory memoir. ...Wednesday's Child is astir in every sentence."
 Clark Blaise says Wednesday's Child "is a dark, dream-like meditation on fragility and survival, of the body from cancer and of the Franco-American community from its inheritance of paroissial piety, social marginality, and relentless poverty.  If your roots are in that community, there is much to recognize and confirm; if not, there is much to learn and remember." 
 Rhea Côté Robbins was brought up bilingually in a Franco-American neighborhood in Waterville, Maine known as down the Plains.'  Her reflections about growing up as a Franco-American woman in the United States infuse Wednesday's Child, and are interwoven with memories of culture, family, friends, religion, languages, superstitions, song, and more.
 The French-speaking populations is one of the largest cultural groups on this continent, and Côté Robbins actively advocates for a more accurate representation of this population.  She is the Director of the Franco-American Women's Institute.

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