My novel Leaving the Beach is the story of a lonely bulimic woman named Erin who’s obsessed with musical icons like Jim Morrison, David Bowie, Elvis Costello, and Bruce Springsteen. But Erin’s entire life changes when she has a chance encounter with a rising rock star desperately in need of help.
Here’s what Kirkus Reviews has to say about Leaving the Beach: The book gracefully grapples with several important issues, including alcohol and drug addiction, loss, grief and sexuality. It also offers a unique look at an eating disorder from the sufferer’s perspective, describing bulimia frankly and graphically. However, there are also many entertaining pop-culture references to offset the weighty themes. Music lovers, in particular, will appreciate the very specific rock trivia that the author cleverly provides throughout the story. An intriguing novel that looks at the ways that people cope with the pain in their lives. You can read the entire Kirkus Review here.
My other book, called Living by Ear has a music theme as well, but it’s a very different type of story. In it, a singer-songwriter, who gave up her career to marry and start a family sixteen years ago, files for divorce and tries to resurrect both her professional life and her love life. Kirkus Reviews calls Living by Ear “fresh, poignant and funny.” It’s also been well reviewed by Amazon readers, so please have a look. I’m very open to feedback on both books!
These novels are published by Booktrope Editions. Also, Booktrope has released a special ebook-only collection of both books called Double Album: Two Novels by Mary Rowen. That collection is bargain priced at $5.99 and is available only on Amazon.