Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday - Leaving Rock Harbor; Rebecca Chase


Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. Here's my pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection:
Leaving Rock Harbor; Rebecca Chase
(Scribner - June 1, 2010)

(amazon)....An unforgettable coming-of-age story and a luminous portrayal of a dramatic era of American history, Rebecca Chace’s Leaving Rock Harbor takes readers into the heart of a New England mill town in the early twentieth century.

On the eve of World War I, fourteen-year-old Frankie Ross and her parents leave their simple life in Poughkeepsie to seek a new beginning in the booming city of Rock Harbor, Massachusetts. Frankie’s father finds work in a bustling cotton mill, but erupting labor strikes threaten to dismantle the town’s socioeconomic structure. Frankie soon befriends two charismatic young men—Winslow Curtis, privileged son of the town’s most powerful politician, and Joe Barros, a Portuguese mill worker who becomes a union organizer—forming a tender yet bittersweet love triangle that will have an impact on all three throughout their lives. Inspired in part by Chace’s family history, Frankie’s journey to adulthood takes us through the First World War and into the Jazz Age, followed by the Great Depression—from rags to riches and back again. Her life parallels the evolution of the mill town itself, and the lost promise of a boomtown that everyone thought would last forever.

12 comments:

  1. The New England setting is perfect for you, Diane. I hope you enjoy this book.

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  2. Oh this sound like a book I will definitely enjoy. The fact that it is inspired by the author's own history adds to my interest. Thanks for bringing this to my attention.

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  3. Oh this sounds so good, Diane. I just added it to my list!

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  4. That sounds very good, and I love that cover! I love to read anything set on the East Coast.

    Here's mine:

    http://chezraine.wordpress.com/2010/05/19/waiting-on-wednesday-10/

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  5. I love coming of age stories - this one sounds like a winner!

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  6. I could say the same of you...I'm sold on this one. Love coming-of-age stories...thanks for the heads up!

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  7. There are so many war books out there right now, but I do admit that this one sounds a bit different. I might have to check this one out! Thanks for the spotlight!

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  8. This sounds so much like The Yellow House by Patricia Falvey which I reviewed a few months ago, only that was set in Ireland. But it also had a mill and a love triangle. Great pick! Mine is at The Crowded Leaf.

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  9. I like historical fiction but I usually choose things farther in the past. It does sound interesting. Here is my WoW post.

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  10. This one sounds like an excellent story!! I am loving that cover.

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