The raven is considered a symbol of death -- and of healing. Early on in The Lowering Days, you know David Almerin Ames’s life has been cleaved apart by tragedy. As he narrates the story of his childhood, growing up along the Penobscot in Maine, he touches on the threads that link his family with the neighbors, the Creels. Deep-rooted resentments tinge their complicated history. The natural beauty of Maine is a vital presence, highlighted by the Penobscot native who’s had enough of the paper mill that has decimated the land. The novel also emerges as a measured look at masculinity.