Rose Senehi to sign new book at Blue Ridge

Jul 02, 2014

Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville will host author Rose Senehi from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 5 to sign her newest novel, "Dancing on Rocks."

North Carolina writer and poet laureate emeritus, Fred Chappell, says of award winning novelist Rose Senehi’s seventh novel, "Dancing on Rocks": “...maybe it is inevitable that a story set in the shadows of one of the most famous crags in America would be a cliffhanger. And Dancing on Rocks is certainly that. But it is also a telling study of individuals, families and local history.”

Simmering beneath the skin and hiding around every corner are a family’s painful memories of a child who disappeared in the middle of the night 25 years ago — permanently altering four women’s lives.

Georgie Haydock is beckoned to the mountain tourist town to nurse her mother back to health, but the summer roils as the woman, fueled by the kind of passion and determination only a mother can know, thrashes in her bed, insisting that the strange woman stalking her store downstairs is Georgie’s and Ali’s missing sister.

Georgie aches to reunite with the hometown boy she never forgot; yet, she fears all the summer’s turmoil will force her to unveil the secret she’s kept since she was six. Naturalist Ron Elliott has always known Georgie was hiding something, but doesn’t care what she might have done all those years back. She’s the one creature he’s always yearned to possess.

"Dancing on Rocks" weaves through a network of memories, secrets, and mutual dependencies twisting through this isolated community of 112 at the foot of Chimney Rock State Park.

This portrait of a small North Carolina mountain town reveals how, by sticking together over the generations, the shopkeepers, innkeepers, and park people have kept this iconic village alive. Thousands of visitors may stream through this tourist destination every week, but in reality, the people in this small village have only each other.

"Dancing on Rocks" is Senehi’s seventh novel, and the fourth “stand alone” book in her Blue Ridge series. Her previous novel, "Render Unto the Valley," was awarded a 2012 IPPY Gold Medal as the Best Fiction —Southeast and selected as a SIBA OKRA PICK.

Senehi moved from Upstate New York in 1996 to Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, where she wrote "Pelican Watch," "Windfall," and "Shadows in the Grass." For "Dancing on Rocks," she spent two years writing and researching the history of the North Carolina village of Chimney Rock so she could weave historically accurate details into this portrait of the iconic mountain community where she now lives.