Riggs Park

Riggs Park

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by Ellyn Bache
     
 

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The residents of Riggs Park nicknamed her Penny, since her hair was the red of a bright copper coin...

We'd all grown up in the flourishing Washington, D.C., suburb--Marilyn, me, Steve, Penny and Wish... the boy I'd loved. It was during the baby-boom years, when the future was luminous. But things don't always turn out as expected. Riggs Park had secrets, and

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The residents of Riggs Park nicknamed her Penny, since her hair was the red of a bright copper coin...

We'd all grown up in the flourishing Washington, D.C., suburb--Marilyn, me, Steve, Penny and Wish... the boy I'd loved. It was during the baby-boom years, when the future was luminous. But things don't always turn out as expected. Riggs Park had secrets, and Penny was one of them.

Sometimes there's a chance to go back and right a wrong. Marilyn is convinced Penny had had a baby, and that the child belonged to her family. My lifelong friend can't follow up--she's fighting cancer. Only I can search for answers. But would finding truth break my heart...or set us all free?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786282234
Publisher:
Gale Group
Publication date:
02/28/2006
Series:
Thorndike Americana Series
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
413
Product dimensions:
6.28(w) x 8.82(h) x 0.99(d)

Meet the Author

Ellyn began writing nearly thirty years ago when her first two children were toddlers and she wanted to stay home with them but still have something "adult" to do. While they napped, she wrote freelance newspaper stories for The Washington Post and other papers, and began teaching herself to write short fiction. It took six years, two more children, and countless rejection slips before her first story was published in McCall's!

Once her youngest child went to school, Ellyn finally began her first novel, Safe Passage (about a woman with seven sons), which was later made into a film starring Susan Sarandon. Many more novels and short stories followed, including a collection of stories that won the Willa Cather Fiction Prize, and several books that became Literary Guild/Doubleday Book Club selections.

Ellyn has always written mostly for women but also (with her late husband, under the pen name E.M.J. Benjamin) she wrote a teen novel about a wrestler with epilepsy and (with a musician friend, since Ellyn has no musical talent at all), she co-authored the book of a muscial comedy about a group of aspiring writers.

When she isn't writing, Ellyn spends most of her time working in the garden or walking her dog, Chief, a border-collie-lab mix who loves being outside. A native of Washington, DC, Ellyn has spent all her life on the east coast, mainly in Maryland and North Carolina, where much of her work is set. She lives in an old house in Wilmington, NC, only a few miles from the ocean.

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Riggs Park 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
They met as little kids in the DC Riggs Park area and have remained friends for over fifty years though Barbara Cohen lives in Wrightsville, North Carolina while Marilyn Waxman remained in the Washington area. Marilyn informs Barbara that she is back and she needs to see her to discuss what happened to another friend Penny when they were in college. Knowing that it is cancer Barbara agrees to visit her best friend although she is having personal problems with her lover Jon................ Marilyn shocks Barbara when she mentions she will undergo a facelift prior to the experimental cancer treatment. Even more stunning is the secret that Penny had a child before vanishing; the father is either Marilyn¿s famous singing brother Steve or an unknown she apparently met on the ¿Bus Ride to see Steve. Reluctantly Barbara agrees to search for clues that would lead to Penny¿s offspring. As she begins her quest in the old neighborhood she realizes you can never go home, but continues her elusive venture......................... This fine middle age amateur sleuth character study is a well written buddy tale with a cast that makes the ensemble cast especially the lead female friends seem real. The friendship between Marilyn and Barbara serves as the key foundation to an intriguing plot. Barbara¿s inquires begin somewhat late in the novel as she is not convinced she should follow the clues until she realizes her beloved buddy needs to know the truth. With a terrific final twist to the delightful RIGGS PARK, readers will look forward to what comes next from Ellyn Bache................. Harriet Klausner
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Jpw
Guest More than 1 year ago
The price of mental peace for one friend threatens to disrupt the lives of others. When her lifelong best friend asks her to find out what happened to a baby they aren't even sure existed, a woman goes back to their hometown on a quest to uncover long buried secrets. Told in first person with many flashbacks, the plot is quite depressing and unengaging.