Concord, Massachusetts

Two weeks of talks, readings, and discussions celebrating the written and the spoken word.

Lisa Duffy

Events: New Literary Voices 2017

Book: The Salt House

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Lisa Duffy received her MFA in creative writing from the University of Massachusetts Boston. Her fiction and nonfiction can be found in The Drum Literary Magazine, So To Speak, The Breakwater Review, Let the Bucket Down and elsewhere. Lisa is the founding editor of ROAR Magazine, a literary journal supporting women in the arts.

The Salt House, Lisa’s gorgeously written, heartbreaking, yet hopeful debut novel, is set during a Maine summer and traces the lives of a young family in the aftermath of a tragedy.

In the coastal town of Alden, Maine, Hope and Jack Kelly have settled down to a life of wedded bliss. They have a beautiful family, a growing lobster business, and the Salt House—the dilapidated oceanfront cottage they’re renovating into their dream home. But tragedy strikes when their young daughter doesn’t wake up from her afternoon nap, taking her last breath without making a sound.

A year later, each member of the Kelly family navigates the world on their own private island of grief. Hope spends hours staring at her daughter’s ashes, unable to let go. Jack works to the point of exhaustion in an attempt to avoid his crumbling marriage. Their daughters, Jess and Kat, struggle to come to terms with the loss of their younger sister while watching their parents fall apart.

When Jack’s old rival, Ryland Finn, threatens his fishing territory, he ignites emotions that propel the Kelly family toward circumstances that will either tear them apart—or be the path to their family’s future.