Leaving Rock Harbor – Rebecca Chace

Leaving Rock Harbor

by Rebecca Chace
Scribner; June 1, 2010
304 pages; $25.00.

Leaving Rock Harbor is the quintessential coming of age story of a young girl named Francis “Frankie” Ross. When we first meet Frankie she is a young teenage girl living in Poughkeepsie, NY about to move to the New England mill town of Rock Harbor, Massachusetts with her family. Her father finds employment with the Flint Mill.

Chace creates a fictitious New England mill town that is so real that anyone familiar with the area can quickly relate to its setting.

The story is much more than just the coming of age focus of Frankie Ross. Chace takes the reader to the daily struggles of the mill worker. Ethnic and class struggles, organized labor issues, work conditions, and the political climate of WWI era New England are seamlessly intertwined with the fictitious story of Frankie Ross and her family.

Leaving Rock Harbor is a story of love, loss, and human emotion that quickly engages the reader and immediately brings to life a story that, while so large in one aspect, can be summed up in the words of the character Joe Barro’s – “in the end it’s only a story about machinery.”

Leaving Rock Harbor is a highly recommended read for anyone that enjoys good story telling, and characters that the reader will not soon forget.

For more information on Leaving Rock Harbor or the author, Rebecca Chace, please visit her website at: www.rebeccachace.com.

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5 Responses to Leaving Rock Harbor – Rebecca Chace

  1. Tea says:

    Great review, I love the name of the place, Rock Harbor. I will visit her website. Thanks.

  2. Thanks for the kind words Tea!

    I’ll admit in the interest of full disclosure – I live in one of these New England mill towns so it may speak slightly more to me than say a reader in Wyoming, however, I think the author’s writing style really brings the place alive well enough that anyone can appreciate these old towns.

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  4. Really like the look of this one. Thanks! 🙂

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