A Maine writer who grew up under the influence of Louisa May Alcott has won a Guggenheim Fellowship worth $50,000. Sarah Payne Stuart of Nobleboro is among 22 writers who won a fellowship.

She has written several books, including the history-memoir “Perfectly Miserable: Guilt, God and Real Estate in a Small Town.” Her comic-novel “The Year Roger Wasn’t Hell” is about the breakup of a marriage, and “Men in Trouble” tells the story of a girl growing up in a bipolar family.

The nonfiction, multi-generational saga, “My First Cousin, Once Removed: Money, Madness and the Family of Robert Lowell,” was a New York Times Notable Book.

In her Guggenheim biography, she writes, “The book was hard to write because so many terrible things happen to people in it, but, of course, I was told, mainly the book was funny.”

She grew up in Concord, Massachusetts, where Alcott and her family resided. Alcott is author of “Little Women,” a semi-autobiographical account of her childhood in Concord.


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