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My New York Times best-selling novel is now available as an e-book!

Join Lydia on a journey that spans three generations, as she tries to escape the shame that haunts her and threatens to destroy the futures of her daughter and granddaughter.

“A classic woman’s novel…Compassionate…absorbing.”  –Newsday


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Elizabeth Winthrop Alsop is the author of more than 60 works of fiction for all ages. She is the winner of the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award, the Pen Syndicated Fiction Award.  Elizabeth has written books for children of all ages (The Castle In The Attic, Counting on GraceDumpy La Rue), novels for adults (In My Mother’s House and Island Justice), short stories (Bad News and The Golden Darters anthologized in Best American Short Stories), and poetry (published in anthologies and literary reviews).You can get in touch with Elizabeth Winthrop by clicking here. Click here for a great interview with Elizabeth about all facets of her writing career.



A reader favorite for 35 years, this redesigned anniversary edition includes an author’s note reflecting on the novel and its legacy. William’s story continues in The Battle for the Castle, available as a redesigned companion edition.

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“In both the text and the illustrations, the narrative is pared down to essentials, making the book highly accessible to its audience.  Very young children will enjoy seeing their everyday experiences reflected in this satisfying picture book.”  -Booklist

“Short, rhyming phrases combined with bright, toddler-friendly illustrations perfectly capture the bond of twins Lucy and Henry. They move through their morning together, but it’s clear that they are individuals… shown through the innocent playfulness of young siblings enjoying a day at the park together. Massey’s artwork shines. The gouache, ink, and crayon illustrations are large and bright and depict cheery, round-faced toddlers who are perpetually in motion.” -School Library Journal

Listen to my award-winning short story THE GOLDEN DARTERS on Virtual Selected Shorts!  The story begins at 19:38 in the video: