Local Author Bobbie Jean Huff discusses her debut novel The Ones We Keep with the Pennington Public Library.
Wednesday, February 2, 2022 @ 7 pm via Zoom
From the publisher: An emotional debut for fans of Elizabeth Strout and Diane Chamberlain, “The Ones We Keep” follows the splintered lives of four family members in the years following an unthinkable tragedy, and the choices they must make to find their way back to each other.
One family. One tragedy. One incredible decision to change their fate. A quiet lakeside resort in Vermont seems like the perfect summer getaway for Olivia and Harry Somerville and their three young boys. But in a single moment, their idyllic family retreat becomes a mother’s worst nightmare. Returning from a solo hike one afternoon, Olivia learns from a passing stranger that one of her sons has drowned — but not which one. In that moment, Olivia makes a panicked decision that will change her family forever. If she never knows which son has drowned, can Olivia convince herself that none of them have? By shielding herself from reality, can she continue to live in a world where all three boys are still alive?
Bobbie Jean Huff studied music in the United States and France, but it wasn’t until she moved to Canada that she began writing. The plot for The Ones We Keep was sparked when she was returning to a Vermont family resort where she and her family had been staying. She looked across the lake to the dock, where children were playing, and asked herself, What if?
A recipient of grants from the Canada Council and the Ontario Arts Council, and first prize winner of a cross-Canada short fiction competition, Bobbie Jean has written for various publications, including The Globe and Mail, Quarry, Event, Queen’s Quarterly, Room of One’s Own, Queen’s Alumni Review, Anthos, and the New Ohio Review.
Bobbie Jean lives in Pennington, New Jersey. She has recently completed her second novel, working title Olivia, Turning, and is currently working on her third.