Today my special guest is author Meg Mitchell Moore, whose second novel, So Far Away, was recently published.
It is the story of how the lives of a wayward teenager and a lonely archivist are unexpectedly joined through the discovery of an old diary.
Natalie Gallagher, age thirteen, is trying to escape from her parents’ divorce and the vicious cyber-bullying of her former best friend. She discovers a dusty old diary in her family’s basement and determines to unlock the secrets it holds. Meanwhile, an archivist at the Massachusetts State Archives, Kathleen Lynch, is carrying some painful secrets of her own. A widow, she and her only daughter are estranged. Natalie’s quest for information about the diary leads her Kathleen, who sees traces of her lost daughter in the young girl.
Details about the life of an Irish immigrant domestic servant in the 1920s provide valuable lessons for both Natalie and Kathleen. The pages of the diary demonstrate for both of them that their fears and frustrations are universal and timeless.
No Place Like Home
My second novel, So Far Away, is set in and around the town in which I now live. That town is Newburyport, Massachusetts, about forty-five minutes north of Boston. It’s a lovely little town with an abundant history. We have a historical society, a maritime museum, and a Coast Guard station that is reputed to be one of the first in the country. We have many homes dating back two hundres years or more. We have Federalist mansions lining a main street that is easy to imagine in its past life as an old-fashioned thoroughfare. We have homes with signs outside indicating that they were once part of the Underground Railroad.