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A young mom abandons her family: That's the premise of a Sudburian's new novel

Molly O'Connor launches her latest book Oct. 16

Sudbury author Molly O'Connor launches her latest novel, “While She Was Gone,” Oct. 16.

The book tells the story of a young mother, who, in desperation, walks away from her home, leaving her husband and three beloved children. Her objective is to be gone for several months, during which time she intends to better herself and gain self confidence. 

An unexpected turn of events keeps her away for seven years. This fast-paced novel takes the reader on her journey, sometimes tragic, sometimes rewarding, sometimes humorous. 

Set in Sudbury and on Manitoulin Island, the novel has the characters participate in local events, experience northern hospitality and visit community attractions.

Join them as they enjoy the fine dining at Idylwylde Golf Course, attend the Festival of Lights and participate in the Kearney Dog Sled Races. This is just a sample of where O'Connor takes the reader.

O'Connor has published six books; a collection of short stories, “Fourteen Cups”; a creative memoir, “Wandering Backward”; two children's books, “Snow Business” and “Trevor Tractor”; and another novel, “When Secrets Become Lies.”

O'Connor's short stories are featured in five “Chicken Soup for the Soul” books and her work appears in a number of other publications.

Book launches take place starting at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16 at the Idylwylde Golf Course and then at 6:30 p.m. the same day at the Main Public Library. 

Signed copies of O'Connor's novels will be available at both events.