Project Description

Pam McGaffin is an award-winning former journalist who returned to her original passion of writing fiction after a long career in newspapers and public relations. Her short stories have appeared in online literary journals, and her articles and essays have been featured in newspapers and magazines. She and her family live in Seattle. This is her first novel.


As the summer of love comes to an end, fifteen-year-old Ida Petrovich waits for a father who will never return. He’s been lost at sea while commercial fishing, but with no body and no wreckage, his death can only be presumed. While struggling with this uncertain loss, Ida makes a series of troubling discoveries that have her questioning the love of a father she thought she knew. Her search for the truth sends her running away to Southeast Alaska, where she works at a salmon cannery, deepens her relationship with a Filipino classmate, and befriends a Native Alaskan girl. In this wild, rugged place, she also begins to understand the secret bonds that brought her father north . . . because she feels them, too.

Insightful and heartfelt,The Leaving Year is a tale of love and loyalty, family and friendship, and the stories we tell ourselves in our search for meaning.