By Ruth Coe Chambers
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Bay Harbor wasn’t a picture postcard town. The war was an awkward memory, its trenches returning some to the small Florida gulfport, though not the men they used to be. What Bay Harbor’s residents hadn’t expected was the change and tragedy the soldiers would bring home. No one loved Bay Harbor more than twelve year old Anna Lee Owens, daughter of the deputy sheriff. A livewire too observant of Bay Harbor’s secrets, she indulged in death tours, dreamed of lighthouses, and worshiped the tragic Tyler Rose. She played rascal with Tyler’s cousin T. J. at his father’s funeral home, and longed for the grace of the mercurial Lola. Among the tide of soldiers and unexpected travellers, Anna Lee’s youth teeters precariously; Hilton Fields returns to Bay Harbor. Her father’s best friend, he ignites cataclysmic changes leading to an act of heartbreaking betrayal that changes the course of their lives forever.
About the Author
Write about what you know, what you love–that’s why Ruth Coe Chambers writes about Florida. So that time and distance would not steal the memories of her home town, Port St. Joe, she created The Chinaberry Album to secure its place in history. In addition to stand-alone works such as The Chinaberry Album, its sequel Heat Lightning, two prize winning plays, and other upcoming surprises, her work has garnered accolades in literary competitions and has appeared in print, online magazines, and essay anthologies. She continues her writing, immersively exploring the sandy, salty fabric of Florida.