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Subject: Can't remember the book...help?
Date Posted: 10/11/2010 9:57 PM ET
Member Since: 9/23/2010
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I read this a while ago, and I enjoyed it, but I've completely forgotten the author, the title, and anything else to help me ID the book/author.

It was a mystery with the main character an unwed mother of a teenaged daughter. in fact, Unwed Mother was what the daughter called her mom when she was being snarky.

I think they went camping. There was a canyon-like place. I don't remember much else. There was a man. I don't remember much about him either.

Anybody have any clues?


Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 10/12/2010 8:42 AM ET
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Phew! My first thought was the Claire Malloy series by Joan Hess. But they never went camping and mom was a widow not unwed. But by golly the series does have a snarky teen aged daughter. :)

Subject: Arcadia Falls by Carol Goodman?
Date Posted: 10/13/2010 9:38 PM ET
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Carol Goodman

From Amazon about the book: Following the death of her husband, Meg Rosenthal accepts a job teaching at an upstate New York boarding school and moves there with her teenage daughter, Sally. The school, Arcadia Falls, also happens to be central to her thesis, which focuses on the two female coauthors of fairy tales: Vera Beecher, who founded the school, and her friend Lily Eberhardt, who died mysteriously in 1947. While the campus is bucolic, school life proves anything but?Meg thinks she sees ghosts and Arcadia's brightest and most ambitious student, Isabel Cheney, is found dead in a ravine. Feeling Sally drifting further from her each day, Meg finds refuge in Lily's preserved diary and begins to unravel the secrets behind Isabel's death. Goodman doesn't do anything new, but her storytelling is as solid as ever, and the book is reliably entertaining. (Mar.)
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Subject: Brian, thanks, but no...
Date Posted: 10/16/2010 10:31 AM ET
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Hey Brian, thanks for checking...but no. I'm not sure but I think my "unwed mother" series is based in Southern California. And, it's more contemporary than the 50s--I'd say 80s-early 90s.

So...still looking...