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Friday, June 18, 2010

Leaving Rock Harbor

Author:  Rebecca Chace
Publication Date:  June 2010
Publisher:  Scribner

Donated By:  Jason from Brain Candy Book Reviews

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.

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Jason mailed 7/28:  DC# 03092880000023852396 

1.  JHS - done
2.  Laurie  - done - DNF




    JHS said...

    This sounds like something I would really enjoy reading!


    In the Golden State (California)!

    Tina's Blog said...

    I would love to read this one!

    Laurie T said...

    Sounds interesting!

    Laurie (NY)

    Carolina said...


    Kiara Joy Gilbert said...

    Name: Kiara Gilbert
    State: TX

    Anonymous said...

    And we're off!

    JHS book is en-route to you!

    USPS DC# 03092880000023852396

    JHS said...

    OK! Will let you know when it arrives.


    JHS said...

    Received it tonight!


    Anonymous said...

    Just a heads-up but I think Tina (comment #2) got left off the tour list.

    JHS said...

    Mailed this morning



    Laurie T said...

    Mailed Leaving Rock Harbor today.
    DC 03093220000146665171

    JHS said...

    My review:

    Good read from a historical standpoint, but left me emotionally flat.


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