Bruce Fleming’s novel is unforgettable

Pressing Matters by Bruce Fleming, published by Maine Authors Publishing, is a compelling novel with interesting characters and an amazing plot. Honestly, I could not stop reading.

The central character owns a lot of newspapers and is terribly mean to his family members – especially his son, and his friends. A lot of the relationships are torn apart, many because of the actions of the newspaper owner.

As the story progresses there are lots of up-and-downs as bad things happen and then people regroup. I thought Bruce did a great job of creating characters that are very real.

Bruce Fleming is a Mainer who grew up in the Katahdin region, and always enjoyed television dramas, which I guess inspired his writing. There is certainly a lot of drama in Pressing Matters.

I don’t want to give it away, but the ending is amazing. I am sure you will never forget this story.

George Smith

About George Smith

George stepped down at the end of 2010 after 18 years as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time. He writes a weekly editorial page column in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, a weekly travel column in those same newspapers (with his wife Linda), monthly columns in The Maine Sportsman magazine, two outdoor news blogs (one on his website,, and one on the website of the Bangor Daily News), and special columns for many publications and newsletters. Islandport Press published a book of George's favorite columns, "A Life Lived Outdoors" in 2014. In 2014, George also won a Maine Press Association award for writing the state's bet sports blog. In 2016, Down East Books published George's book, Maine Sporting Camps, and Islandport Press published George and his wife Linda's travel book, Take It From ME, about their favorite Maine inns and restaurants.