Author Robert Hill features Weston names in his book

Robert Hill

Robert Hill

Robert Hill’s latest novel, The Remnants, features characters Carnival and Jubilee Aspetuck and Elementary Hurlbutt.

Hill, who grew up in Weston, and now lives in Portland, Ore, decided to give a tip of the hat to his childhood town by tossing Weston places “Aspetuck” and “Hurlbutt” into his story.

On March 22, Hill will be doing a reading from The Remnants in neighboring Westport at the town library at 7 p.m.

Hill describes The Remnants, his second novel, as an ebullient ode to the last days of the last three residents of the fictional town of New Eden.

Hill and his family moved to Pink Cloud Lane Weston in 1955. He and his two older brothers went through Weston School system. He graduated from Weston High School in 1977.

After graduating from Boston University, Hill worked in movie advertising for a number of years and as a copywriter.

In 2006 he started writing his first novel, When All is Said and Done, and has recently completed his second novel. “I’m not a fast writer,” he said with a laugh.

WF P1 Remnants Cover 3-17He said he thought it would be fun to use the names Aspetuck and Hurlbutt because they were unusual. “They resonated with me,” he said.

Aspetuck came from his love of Aspetuck Orchards which was down by the reservoir.

Elementary Hurlbutt came from the Hurlbutt Elementary School. “Hurlbutt is a minor character who meets with a tragic end,” Hill said.

Hill is currently working on his third book, An Unfinished Man, about a middle aged man and his relationship with his father. He didn’t say if there would be any Weston references in it.

Hill’s books are available on

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