Author Holly Robinson of Rowley will read from her new novel, "Chance Harbor," Friday (Oct. 16) at Jabberwocky book store in Newburyport at 7 p.m.

Robinson is among the most successful novelists in the area,  having published numerous articles and books with major publishers.

She is known for her ability to weave together a complex family saga filled with drama and betrayal balanced with wit and humor. 

"Chance Harbor" involves two estranged sisters.

The liner notes indicate that Catherine and Zoe are sisters, but even their mother, Eve, admits her daughters are nothing alike. 

Catherine is calm and responsible. Zoe is passionate and rebellious. Nobody is surprised when Zoe gets pregnant, drops out of college, and spirals into drug addiction.

One night Catherine gets a call from Zoe’s terrified daughter, Willow, saying her mother has abandoned her in a bus station and disappeared. Eve blames herself, while Catherine, unable to have children, is delighted to raise Willow as her own.

Now, five years later, Eve is grieving her husband’s death and making reluctant plans to sell the family’s beloved summer home on Prince Edward Island. But a series of unexpected revelations will upend the family and rock three generations of women.

Robinson says this is a novel of family, secrets, and forgiveness.

The Rowley writer has been a journalist and ghost writer, which in her case means she can move a project forward.

She is author of several other full-length texts, including "The Gerbil Farmer’s Daughter: A Memoir" and the novels "Haven Lake" and "Beach Plum Island." 

Her articles and essays appear in The Huffington Post, More, Parents, Redbook and other newspapers and magazines.  

Robinson is graduate of Clark University with an interest in biology. Later, she drifted into journalism and writing.

After acquiring an MFA from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, she began developing fiction and then novels to "complement" her commercial journalism.

She says she writes emotional family mysteries, where a sudden death in a family might unravel long-held secrets and/or foster connubial conundrums.

Robinson is published by Penguin Books.



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