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WUNC reports from Greensboro about Guilford County and surrounding area.

'The One That Got Away': Greensboro Author's Debut Novel Explores The 'What If?'

Book cover of "The One That Got Away," by Leigh Himes
Leigh Himes

Abbey Lahey is a middle-class working mom who yearns for the finer things in life. And during a trip to the mall to return a Marc Jacobs handbag that she can not afford, she gets that opportunity.

She tumbles down the escalator and wakes up in the hospital as Abbey Van Holt, married to a wealthy man who she could have married years before.

That's the premise of Leigh Himes' debut novel, "The One That Got Away" (Hachette Books/2016). And Abbey is faced with the difficult question of whether she belongs in this new cushy world, or the one that gave her two children and a loving husband.

Host Frank Stasio talks with Himes about 'The One That Got Away.'

Himes will be at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill tonight at 7 p.m., Scuppernong Books in Greensboro on Friday at 7 p.m., and the Country Bookshop in Southern Pines on Saturday at 3 p.m.

Will Michaels is WUNC's Weekend Host and Reporter.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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