Marcia D. Ross


Layla and the Lake:
A Novel

This event includes a book signing


June 27, 2019
7:00 PM


Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138


This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store welcomes local writer MARCIA D. ROSS for a discussion of her debut novel, Layla and the Lake.

About Layla and the Lake

Layla, an aspiring poet and third-string editor in Boston, brings her two children to visit her former in-laws at a lakeside cottage in rural Maine. There she is greeted with wariness, and discovers love—and trouble—across the water.

Set in the early 1980s, Layla and the Lake features vivid emotional scenes and an idyllic, but tense, setting. Gradually, a labyrinth of faulty ethics, expectations, and boundaries is revealed as Layla struggles to mend her messy life and protect her children’s future. The story exposes the harsh fallout from a failed marriage and a quest to write with courage in the midst of a doomed affair.

Layla and the Lake is the story of a family that is no longer a family. Its narrative mines the riches of the written word, the awakening of conscience in the very young, and the inexplicable beauty of natural existence.

Praise for Layla and the Lake

“For sheer reading pleasure, it would be hard to beat this debut novel by Marcia Ross. Fast-paced, psychologically astute, full of memorable characters, and written with a joy that’s palpable on every page, Layla and the Lake is a guaranteed winner.” —Alan Helms, author of Young Man from the Provinces

“Like Emily Brontë’s moors and Thomas Hardy’s Wessex, Ross’s lake is a fully realized participant in Layla’s attempt to find and make meaning in a psychologically treacherous world. Ross’s ability to register the finest shades of light and color is deeply satisfying.”
—Edward Zlotkowski, Professor emeritus of English & Media Studies, Bentley University

Marcia D. Ross
Marcia D. Ross

Marcia D. Ross

Marcia D. Ross writes fiction, essays, and poems. She has lived all across the US, UK, and Canada, and currently resides in Cambridge, Massachusetts. While teaching English Literature at UMass Boston for twenty years, she also worked as an administrative assistant at MIT. Besides writing, she enjoys old French flicks, other people's cooking, morning tea, and walking around doing nothing with her dog, Finnegette.

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