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

Jun 16, 2016

Leigh Himes' debut novel, "The One That Got Away," tells the story of an ordinary woman offered an extraordinary opportunity to reboot her life.
Credit 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.