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Coupeville grad returns to share book with readers
Coupeville High School graduate and author Heather White Driscoll will be meeting with fans 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 12 at Coupeville Library.
Driscoll, a 2001 graduate, released her first novel, “He Calls Me Harp,” in July 2013.
While the book doesn’t come right out and say it, the coming-of-age story, which centers around a young girl and her older boyfriend, is set in Coupeville.
“It did really well,” she said. “It didn’t hit 100,000 in sales so it didn’t get on the New York Times, but it did well.”
Driscoll now resides in Boston with her husband and has held press tours there, but this will be her first event in Washington.
“This makes it a little more exciting,” Driscoll said. “It’s set in Coupeville. I expect a lot of questions about why Whidbey Island isn’t referenced.”
To make the storyline plausible, which includes frequent jaunts to Seattle, Driscoll set the book on Brainbridge Island.
But for the Coupeville folks, they won’t miss references to Coupeville’s one and only grocery store — Prairie Center — or the fact that the main character, Harper, lives on Parker Road.
Driscoll said she’s received many questions from Coupeville readers about the discrepancy.
“I didn’t consider the fact that people read so literally,” she said.
While Driscoll said she will read scenes from the book that she holds special, she will also read parts her readers enjoy.
She also said she hopes to delve into discussion about the book, including why she chose to tell the story in first person rather than third person.
“It’s been an exciting experience,” she said. “I hope people respond well.”