Chapter One-A Novel By Jill Ocone

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Kelly Lynch navigates the seas of friendship and the storms of loss as she travels from the Jersey Shore to Dublin, Ireland on an unexpected journey of self-discovery in my approximately 63,000-word women’s fiction novel titled Chapter One-A Novel.

When a hungover Kelly Lynch no longer recognizes herself in the mirror, she drastically changes her life by abandoning the alcohol, and with it, her idleness. She finishes her college degree and becomes Waterville High School’s newest English teacher, where she befriends fellow educator Shannon Moran. While Kelly grapples with deep scars from her past, she struggles to balance her active life as a teacher and her stagnant marriage to shiftless alcoholic Wayne Coopersmith. Shannon’s encouragement reignites Kelly’s long-ignored passion for writing, while Kelly inspires Shannon to pursue her lifelong dream of studying in Dublin, Ireland.

A double-dose of unexpected tragedy fractures Kelly’s life as both Wayne and Shannon die within a month of each other. Shannon’s dream, however, lives on as Kelly puts her faith in the universe and follows the countless mysterious signs that collectively point to Dublin. Sparks ignite fires in her creativity and her heart while on her quest to the Emerald Isle as she looks both outward through Shannon’s eyes and inward with her own. Kelly’s awakening is reinforced by her encounters with two unlikely Dubliners, and after returning home to the Jersey Shore, she is determined to pursue her calling as a writer and begin her next Chapter One.

Kelly’s profoundly moving story of how both personal aspirations and friendship endure the trials and the tribulations of the past, the present, and the future will resonate with readers long after they turn the last page. Kelly experiences similar struggles and revelations as that of Casey Peabody from Lily King’s Writers and Lovers while her search for meaning in the mysteries of loss can be compared to Olivia’s in Joanna Cantor’s Alternative Remedies for Loss.

A detailed outline, sample chapters, and/or the entire manuscript of Chapter One – A Novel are available for review as I seek representation and/or publication. Please request by email, jillocone@gmail.com. Thank you for your interest!