English Professor’s Debut Novel Published

Secrets of Gray Lake, the debut novel by Professor of English Rebecca Duncan, has recently been released.

In the novel, which is set in the early 1980s, journalist Jenna Harris strives to write her way out of a quaint Great Lakes town and onto the staff of a major newspaper. The town and its people tug back, tempting her with layers of private and communal secrets that baffle her inquisitive mind and ensnare her heart.

“Jenna settles into a fading Italian neighborhood on the bay front and befriends Sophie, a widow of Polish descent who nurses painful secrets. The two friends first observe and then find themselves folded into the entourage of Roger, a young landlord, techie pioneer, restorer of antique boats, and buddy to all,” Duncan said. “Through a series of adventures, relationships, and missteps, Jenna passes from detached observer to a woman of passion and loving connection with others.” 

Duncan has been an English faculty member at Meredith since 1997.

“Around three years ago, after my son went off to college, the creative spark returned, and Secretsstarting spilling out,” Duncan said. “I spent the last year of my term in the [Meredith faculty position of] Norma Rose chair producing the first draft.” 

The book was published by Anaphora Literary Press. It is available on Amazon and in bookstores including Quail Ridge Books.

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