FALL 2014:

The Beauty of Ordinary Things by Harriet Scott Chessman

I have been honored and happy to launch my new novel The Beauty of Ordinary Things this year, and to know that my characters Benny Finn, Isabel Howell, and Sister Clare now live out in the world.  Thank you to all of my wonderful readers, many of  whom have responded with such generosity and interest.  To discover more about The Abbey of Regina Laudis, the community that inspired so much of this novel, this  is a fruitful place to start.

I am in the process of creating a libretto right now, for an opera to be composed by Jonathan Berger, which will first be produced in the Bay Area, in the 2015- 16 season, by Kronos.  More information to come!

I'm also eager to come back to writing short stories in upcoming weeks, and to follow the dream of another novel too.  Something quite special for me on the horizon will be a new edition of my novel Someone Not Really Her Mother, by Atelier26!   

You're welcome to contact me; I always like to hear from friends, fellow writers and readers.

May this coming year be a good one for you!

"A beautiful étude of humanity. Harriet Scott Chessman succeeds in writing a song of the soul inThe Beauty of Ordinary Things. … Her writing is like poetry spoken in real, soft voices. It would be hard to close this book and not feel changed."

ForeWord Magazine

The Beauty of Ordinary Things is dedicated to my children, and also to Mother Irene Boothroyd, O.S.B., and Mother Placid Dempsey, O.S.B.  Both of these women were compassionate, vital, wise, welcoming, and inspiring members of The Abbey of Regina Laudis, in Bethlehem, Connecticut.  I will hold them in my heart always, as they held so many people in theirs.  

Guest Blog Posts

"A Writer's Space" – guest post on Atelier26.

"Harriet Scott Chessman: The Beauty of Ordinary Things" – guest post on 1st Books:  Reading and Writing with Friends.

"Book Q&A's with Deborah Kalb" – interview by Deborah Kalb on her website, Haunting Legacy

"Walking Through the Hedge" – an essay on Meg Waite Clayton’s site, 1st Books: Stories about How Writers Get Started.

"Two Achilles Heels," "I Love All Things Irish," and "My Life as a Writer" – blog on The Well-Read Donkey, Kepler's Bookstore.


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