"A Maine Prodigy" is the story of Skowhegan native Mary Elise Fellows White, compiled from her autobiography, diaries and other primary sources. Marked as a violin prodigy from an early age, Elise goes to Boston in 1883 to study at the New England Conservatory. "A Maine Prodigy" evokes the joys and struggles of a woman who seeks refinement, artistic recognition, and financial security from childhood to old age. Throughout the book we have her sharp eye and articulate voice. "Surely someone must find my diaries worth keeping...I have put myself into them, heart and soul. All the life I have known is depicted in them..."