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That Sweetest Wine

The Mediterranean island villagers in “Breath of the Earth” recall the joys and misery of past lives, the heroes of battle against pirates and harsh gods, no less than their natural world now slipping away. Set largely in New England, in “Rat in the Boardroom” the founder of an economic empire lies abandoned in his dotage on his sick bed, possessing a blindness which will afflict his descendants. In the final novella, “Touch of Dust”, set largely in Italy, a man’s life is played out against a chorus of his mother, his father, his wives. Free-spirited youth, soldier in the Second World War, painter, sailor outcast, lover—he was all of these and none of these, and yet...


“ exemplary trio of novellas, each occupied with the theme of reconciliation to oneself and one’s losses, presented in often stunning prose.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Robert Cabot’s new book is as good a piece of writing as anything coming out of the United States. ‘That Sweetest Wine’ deserves and surely will get wide readership.”
–Farley Mowat

“ ...primarily concerned with the twin realms of memory and regret... a mourning song for an all but forsaken natural world... a beauteous tribute to the natural world.”
Review of Contemporary Fiction

“ ...with gratitude for the beautiful lyricism of your fine work.”
–John Nichols

“Intensely dramatic, lyrically expressive and suffused with passionate feeling... Cabot’s prose shimmers with poetic imagery... ”
Publishers Weekly


Independent Publishers 2000 Finalist Book Award

Kirkus Reviews Book of the Month