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Chace (MFA ’08) Earns High Praise for Latest Novel

In less than three months since being published, Rebecca Chace's new novel Leaving Rock Harbor has been named an"Editor's Choice" by The New York Times Book Review, an "Indie Notable Book" by the American Booksellers Association, and a 2010 New England Book Award finalist.

Set in a coastal Massachusetts mill town in the early twentieth century, The Atlantic raved, "Chace's story is dramatic; her characters, well defined by class and personality, are vivid and true; but most evocative are her details of this particular time and place, from the smell of the mill's dye room to the feel of a corset."

Chace, who's written several plays, is also the author of Chautauqua Summer, a New York Times "Notable Book," and the novel Capture the Flag, which was recently adapted into a short film. For co-writing the screenplay, she earned a Showtime Tony Cox Screenwriting Award for Best Short Film at the 2010 Nantucket Film Festival.

For more on Chace's work, see her website