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Date(s) - 11/21/2019
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Maine author Jeffrey Ryan is pleased to be giving a talk about his newest book, "Hermit: The Mysterious Life of Jim Whyte" at the Thomas Memorial Library in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Hermit is based on the remarkable true story of a man who led a mostly secret life in Maine from 1895 to 1933. As the tale of his life emerge, we are led on a worldwide journey through an extraordinary past.

From the book cover ...

When Jim Whyte settled outside the slate mining town of Monson, Maine in 1895, people hardly knew what to make of him. And almost 130 years later, we still don’t. A world traveler that spoke six languages fluently, Whyte came to town with sacks full of money and a fierce desire to keep to himself. It was clear that Whyte was hiding from something—enough to make the FBI to eventually come looking. But even the Feds couldn’t imagine how Whyte, who lost every penny he had when WWI broke out, amassed another fortune before he died. Based on the true story, Hermit follows one man’s quest to discover all he can about Whyte’s secret life before it’s too late.

Rave reviews

Hermit has received a number of exceptional reviews from readers nationwide, including the following:
Jeffrey Ryan tells an engaging story about a mysterious Maine hermit who lived in the woods of Piscataquis County near the Appalachian Trail. The author takes us back to the mid-20th century in the Maine woods with a descriptive force and a gentle nostalgia that realistically evoke both time and place. "Hermit" will resonate with many readers who have experienced the mystique and beauty of the Maine wilderness.
Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. Maine State Historian
The North Woods are filled with quirky characters and wonderful stories. Jeffrey Ryan's tale of Jim Whyte embodies so much of what makes these characters so appealing—the mysterious signals in the night, the hundreds of books lining the walls of his hideaway, the game of hide and seek with the law. Ryan has crafted a story that you won't want to put down.
Mills Kelly Professor of History George Mason University
Few writers know the backwoods and customs of rural Maine better than Jeffrey Ryan, who brings his deep knowledge of the outdoors to this well-wrought tale and proves to be an adept hand at suspense and pacing.
Everett Potter Contributor,
After a brief presentation about his book, Ryan will be on hand to sell and sign copies.