Local Author Turns Novelist with ‘Sparrow Beach’

"Sparrow Beach: by Shelby Raebeck.

Shelby Raebeck grew up in Amagansett, but left to work and study around the United States — Florida, Louisiana, Virginia, Utah and California — before returning to the East End in 2000.

He has published stories in literary magazines, anthologies and textbooks, has held writing fellowships at several top university programs, and authored the short story collection, “Louse Point: Stories from the East End.”

But he had never written a novel — until now.

“Sparrow Beach” follows the story of local builder Michael Dorian as he navigates a fast-growing East End overrun by Manhattan developers, his failing marriage and teenaged daughter riddled with anxiety, and with the “nature of a hauntingly beautiful place that offers opportunity but no longer feels like home,” the author said in a statement.

“‘Sparrow Beach is about the dark cloud of excess that threatens to consume Long Island’s East End, and about the patchwork of characters who live beneath it, those who adapt, finding new paths amidst the changing landscape, and those who refuse to,” he said.

A launch party will be held on Thursday, June 14, at 5:30 p.m. at Canio’s Books, located at 290 Main Street in Sag Harbor. For more information, please call (631) 725-4926.