Reader praise for Hull Creek:

"I felt so at home with the people of Jim Nichols's Hull Creek that when the pages came flapping nearer to the end I cussed the author for not making a thousand more. Hull Creek is the real world: desperate times, heavy-duty hearts." - Carolyn Chute, author of The Beans of Egypt, Maine

"The tension between Mainers whose families have farmed the land or fished the seas for generations and people "from away" goes back at least to the nineteenth century. Jim Nichols makes this conflict freshly compelling with his vivid characterizations and his sharp eye and ear for the gritty realities of the Maine experience. Energetically written, often funny, satisfyingly moving, Hull Creek is a wonderful novel." - Elaine Ford, author of The American Wife

"Nichols is a writer who always surprises, engrosses, and captivates me. Hull Creek is complex and interesting. I hope this novel gets him the attention he more than deserves." - International bestseller M.J. Rose, author of The Reincarnationist

"Jim Nichols is the real thing and this novel should have a stamp on it saying "Made in Maine" and "Genuine." There's not a false note in his engrossing, deeply moving story of a place, a way of life under siege, and a lobster fisherman whose struggles you get to share. You might disapprove of some of the protagonist's choices, but you'll be rooting for him anyway--that's due to the power of an author who sticks close to the elements and always makes the choice of being honest." - Ellen Cooney, author of Lambrusco









Coming soon...!



See the July 2014 issue of Down East Magazine for an excerpt from Closer All The Time

Welcome! For more samples, click on one of the story links in the right hand column. To listen to a podcast of my story Slow Monkeys, as read by Dennis Harrington on WERU FM, click on that link. And for a sample chapter of Hull Creek, click on the Down East Books link below the cover photo.



Reviews:

"Nichols is a masterful storyteller, creating a gripping tale of suspense, vividly exposing the social and economic divisions between locals and outsiders -- and the good and bad decisions they both make -- with sharply defined characters, snappy dialogue and an exciting, satisfying conclusion that really isn't a happy ending at all." -- Bill Bushnell, The Kennebec Journal

"Maine's roots are here, and they are well worth our time and attention. 'Hull Creek' uses a suspenseful tale of change to show us that prosperity may be found in the paved driveways that lead to swanky summer homes, but nobility often lives in a trailer parked not far away on a dirt road with a sense of the past and a wide view of the water." -- Nancy Grape, Portland Sunday Telegram Book Review

"Hull Creek is a devastating indictment of the forces that can and do ally to try to separate a hard-working Mainer from his multi-generational family home, but it's not a piece of message fiction. It's way beyond that; it's a great story…" --Nancy Griffin, The Free Press

"Nichols ...writes plainly, powerfully and with firsthand knowledge...His midcoast is populated with characters that ring true - clammers, barkeepers, violent brutes, piratical schemers and Eddie Cranberry, a giant man reminiscent of Steinbeck's Lennie Small, only smellier. Hull Creek is a delightful read and, for those new to the coast, highly informative." --Colin Woodard, Working Waterfront

"When (the swanks) get their comeuppance, you’ll want to cheer — I had to suppress the yell that climbed up my throat as I was reading — but that’s not the end of the story. There’s still one more nail-biting drug escapade, and the swanks don’t give up easily, especially since they’ve got the law on their side...Hull Creek is a good read and an important book that movingly dramatizes the plight of Maine’s fishing families and the pressures that tourism and real estate speculation put on working waterfront communities." --Chris Busby, The Bollard

"The strongest aspect of the novel is Nichols’ ability to bring his fictional people to life through entertaining, candid dialogue… his layered story will appeal to a variety of people — especially those who know Maine well. The fictional fiddleheads, shags and small-town atmosphere and will lead any Mainer to believe that Troy Hull could be walking by outside their own windows." --Aislinn Sarnaki, Bangor Daily News

"...Nichols manages to infuse Troy's tale with a healthy dose of humor. The story, the characters, and the conversations they have feel real. And if "Hull Creek" doesn't have a storybook ending, well, so much the better. It's a realistic ending, bittersweet perhaps, but Troy finds a way to keep his dignity, keep fishing, and build an even more fulfilling life for himself..." --Linc Bedrosian, National Fisherman






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