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The House on Round Hill Road

A Story of Personal Discovery


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The House on Round Hill Road by Deborah Livesey

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Deirdre Lincoln is a middle-aged nursery owner who has escaped the confines of her New England upbringing to make a new life for herself with her husband, Jeremy, in the Pacific Northwest. Her peaceful world is interrupted by an unexpected phone call from her older sister delivering the news of her mother's sudden death. Deirdre leaves behind her preseason plant ordering to fly east and work with her sisters to plan the funeral and take care of family business - most importantly, selling the house they grew up in, a place rich with memories. It is the first time the four women have spent time together as adults, although they have kept in touch over the years. As Deirdre revisits her past, sorting through a host of recollections, she soon realizes that the house harbors a secret that could change her life forever. In a novel about family and secrets, one woman returns to her childhood home, connects with a long-forgotten past, and discovers a new truth about herself.

Author Biography

Deborah Livesey, a native New Englander, attended Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, the town from which she borrowed Round Hill Road. Deborah was a systems analyst before becoming active in electoral politics. Serving as an Executive Director of the King County Democrats (Seattle, WA), Deborah was selected to be a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1988. After the new millennium, she moved with her husband, Malcolm Cumming, to Whidbey Island, Washington. Debilitating Multiple Sclerosis forced Deborah into an early retirement. While losing her ability to type or speak, Deborah used ASL to spell this story, letter-by-letter, to Malcolm and her good friend, Debbie Larsen, who took turns transcribing and editing her tale into the written words of this book. The effort for Deborah to tell her story through the eyes of Deirdre Lincoln took 6 years. Deborah passed away a little over a year after completing this story-telling project, perhaps hastened by the unwelcome installation two weeks later of a President for whom she did not vote.
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June 5th, 2019
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