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Class of 2k10 Book Launch: The Secret Year

Our latest launch from the Class of 2k10 is 

The Secret Year by Jennifer R. Hubbard.

After his secret girlfriend’s death, seventeen-year-old Colt finds the notebook she left behind,
but he is unprepared for the truths he discovers about their intense relationship.

To celebrate our launches, and in keeping with the Class of 2k10's "Book Your Getaway" theme, we're doing posts on the theme of interesting places. So enjoy Jenn's post:

A Sense of Place: The River “Cure”
by Jennifer R. Hubbard

I’ve almost always lived near rivers and creeks, ranging from the small and (as far as I know) nameless creek that ran behind my house in Massachusetts, to the much larger Delaware River. Rivers have meant life to people for centuries: the sources of water and food, the means of our interconnection.

The characters in The Secret Year meet on the banks of a river, at a bridge that connects their very different worlds. They continue to meet at the river, to wade in it, to splash each other with its water, to test its ice in winter. After Julia’s death, Colt is drawn to the river as much as ever; it is the only remaining witness to the secret life he’d been leading.

After I wrote The Secret Year, I was startled to find that Anais Nin had once described a folk cure for madness that involved placing a person next to a flowing river. The person was supposed to throw a stone into the river to unlock any blocked feelings, so that the feelings could flow again. I was not aware of this before I wrote my book, but it certainly reminded me of Colt. (Yes, there’s even a scene where he throws stones in the water.) Whether he succeeds in healing his “madness” and unlocking all the secrets that bound him to Julia, I leave you to discover.


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Jan. 19th, 2010 04:57 pm (UTC)
Great post Jennifer! I love the idea about tossing a stone into the river to cure. Best of luck with your release of The Secret Year! I can't wait to read it.
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Jan. 19th, 2010 05:28 pm (UTC)
I, too, believe in the healing power of water, and I hope it worked for Colt. I look forward to finding out if it did.
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Jan. 19th, 2010 06:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the post, Jennifer. Really interesting about water and madness. Good luck with your release! Looking forward to it.
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Jan. 19th, 2010 06:24 pm (UTC)
Rivers rock! River rocks rock...

I've always been amazed that people are compelled to throw stones into any body of water within range, skipping stones or whatever. Almost like an instinct---maybe that's how we unblock ourselves without even knowing it. A new cure for writer's block???? Hmmm...I'm willing to try it.
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Jan. 19th, 2010 08:34 pm (UTC)
Fascinating -- people definitely underestimate the importance of waterways. I can't wait to read The Secret Year. Congratulations!
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Jan. 20th, 2010 02:06 am (UTC)
Congrats on the release, Jenn! I'm a few chapters into TSY and loving it.

Someone mentioned during one of the Lord of the Rings commentaries that running water is thought to have anti-evil properties. In a few fictional universes, it repels vampires.

(Sorry to bring out the geek; we now return you to your regularly scheduled launch post. :-)

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Jan. 20th, 2010 02:50 am (UTC)
LOVE the story about the river cure. And there's certainly peace to be found by the banks of a body of moving water, so it sounds logical enough to me.
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Jan. 20th, 2010 01:28 pm (UTC)
Very cool idea - the river/rock/madness thing. I've heard of people writing their troubles on paper and then burning them away or dropping them into water...but rocks, that seems a natural fit (worry stones and all that). Can't wait to read The Secret Year!
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Jan. 21st, 2010 02:29 am (UTC)
This is next to read in my TBR pile! I can't wait.
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Jan. 21st, 2010 06:00 pm (UTC)
I can't wait to read The Secret Year, Jenn! And what a great image. I'm going to hang onto that one.
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