The Leaving Year

As the Summer of Love comes to an end, 15-year-old Ida Petrovich waits for a father who never comes home. While commercial fishing in Alaska, he is lost at sea, but with no body and no wreckage, Ida and her mother are forced to accept a “presumed” death that tests their already strained relationship. While still in shock over the loss of her father, Ida overhears an adult conversation that shatters everything she thought she knew about him. This prompts her to set out on a search for the truth that takes her from her Washington State hometown to Southeast Alaska, where she works at a salmon cannery, develops love for a Filipino classmate, and befriends a Native Alaskan girl. In this wild, rugged place, she also begins to understand the physical and emotional bonds that took her father north and why he kept them secret—a journey of discovery that ultimately brings her family together and helps them heal. Insightful and heartfelt, The Leaving Year is a tale of love and loyalty, family and friendship, and the stories we tell ourselves in our search for meaning.

Author: Pam McGaffin

Publication Date: August 14, 2018

AMAZON
 
BARNES & NOBLE
IBOOKS
INDIEBOUND

Description

2018 Best Book Awards Winner in Fiction: Young Adult
2018 Wishing Shelf Awards Finalist in Books for Teenagers
2019 IBPA Ben Franklin Awards Finalist in Teen: Fiction (ages 13-18)

“This debut novel is a masterly coming-of-age story. . . This indie delight will charm readers with its story about family and self-discovery.”
School Library Journal, starred review

“If you’re looking to add a heartwarming read to your Summer #TBR pile, The Leaving Year will be your go-to read.”
PopSugar

“A charming, emotional story about family, fishing, and self-discovery.”
Kirkus Reviews

“This is the perfect book to hand down to your young adult children once you’ve finished.”
Working Mother

“Ida Petrovich, wise and brave beyond her years, takes us on an incredible journey as she seeks the truth about her father’s disappearance. Rich in period details of the 1960’s, and set against the spectacular backdrop of the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, The Leaving Year, is a lovely story of youth, sorrow, and personal growth. Truly a Young Adult must-read.”
―Anne Leigh Parrish, author of The Amendment

“In Pam McGaffin’s exceptional debut, emotion bubbles right below the surface and weaves an addictive tale of mystery and forgiveness as Ida’s search for a missing father takes her on a remarkable journey to find herself.”
― Jan Von Schleh, author of But Not Forever

“Pam McGaffin weaves a heartbreaking tale of loss and finding your way back. This coming-of-age tale is not to be missed.”
―Lish McBride, award-winning author of the Necromancer and Firebug young-adult books

“The Leaving Year takes the reader to a time and a place that is not only singular, but beautifully familiar. Author Pam McGaffin has written a powerful story of loss and its unknowns, rife with grief and confusion, and weaves it into an empowering journey of self-discovery and promise.”
―Emily Russin, writer and editor

“Pam McGaffin has crafted a coming-of-age novel that starts and ends in the fishing communities of Puget Sound, but whose landscape of imagination is really Alaska. The grandeur of the land and largeness of spirit that shapes our image of the forty-ninth state is echoed in the families that fight and feel their way through this story of caring, loss, and the price of self-awareness.”
—Steve Lindbeck, former CEO of Alaska Public Media and director of the Alaska Humanities Forum

About the Author

Pam McGaffin is an award-winning former journalist who returned to her original passion of writing fiction after a long career in newspapers and public relations. Her short stories have appeared in online literary journals, and her articles and essays have been featured in newspapers and magazines. She and her family live in Seattle. This is her first novel.