This reading group guide for Leaving Rock Harbor includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author Rebecca Chace. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book. Introduction
Having moved to the bustling mill town of Rock Harbor with her parents, fifteen-year-old Frankie is on the brink of adulthood. In a time when racial and class differences define social relationships, Frankie forms unlikely friendships with two young men—Winslow Curtis, the son of a wealthy Massachusetts politician, and Joe Barros, a Portuguese mill worker. These are two people who will touch Frankie’s life in more ways than she could ever imagine, or completely understand.
Frankie has seen her share of trouble—her father’s failed suicide attempt is what prompted the family to move to Rock Harbor in the first place. She watches as he struggles to reclaim his stake in life, and she sees her mother tire under the burden of her father’s demons.
As the town’s economy gets a boost from World War I and its demand for cotton, some of its residents are sent to fight. A series of choices eventually leads Frankie to marry Winslow, though Joe—despite being deployed overseas