Marcia D. Ross
Harvard Book Store welcomes local writer MARCIA D. ROSS for a discussion of her debut novel, Layla and the Lake.
About Layla and the Lake
Layla, an aspiring poet and third-string editor in Boston, brings her two children to visit her former in-laws at a lakeside cottage in rural Maine. There she is greeted with wariness, and discovers love—and trouble—across the water.
Set in the early 1980s, Layla and the Lake features vivid emotional scenes and an idyllic, but tense, setting. Gradually, a labyrinth of faulty ethics, expectations, and boundaries is revealed as Layla struggles to mend her messy life and protect her children’s future. The story exposes the harsh fallout from a failed marriage and a quest to write with courage in the midst of a doomed affair.
Layla and the Lake is the story of a family that is no longer a family. Its narrative mines the riches of the written word, the awakening of conscience in the very young, and the inexplicable beauty of natural existence.