Oriental Author Celebrates the Release of The Mother Tree, the Sequel to Hungry Mother Creek

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New Village Brewery and Taproom
Sunday June 24, 2018 4pm – 6pm
702 Broad St.
Oriental, NC 28571

The New Village Brewery and Taproom will host the launch party for the Mother Tree, the new book by local author Heather W. Cobham, on Sunday June 24 at 4:00pm. The Mother Tree is the sequel to Heather’s debut novel, Hungry Mother Creek. Heather will read at 4:30and sign copies of her books afterwards. A portion of the proceeds from the book sale will be donated to the Pamlico County Community Foundation.

The Mother Tree continues the story of Maya Sommers, who landed in Oriental reeling from the trauma of Hurricane Katrina, and introduces a new character, Sloan Bostwick. Sloan is a successful realtor from Raleigh, who returns to Oriental in hopes of regaining the peace she experienced during the

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summers with her grandparents. Sloan purchases the oldest home in the county with plans to create a retreat center. Part of her property contains the Mother Tree, a massive live oak, where for over a hundred years, women have gathered. It was here, with the help of her women’s circle, that Maya recovered from her husband’s death.


Maya’s and Sloan’s lives intersect over the fate of the Mother Tree when the women’s circle rallies the community to protect the sacred tree. In the midst of the conflict over the Mother Tree, Maya and Sloan each grapple with personal challenges. Maya aches to fill the sense of yearning that keeps her from true happiness and Sloan craves peace from the childhood wounds that still fester. Join Maya and Sloan on the banks of the Neuse River as the wisdom of women, past and present, helps them transform their suffering into resilience.

The peace and beauty of Pamlico County inspired Heather to write Hungry Mother Creek and The Mother Tree. Both novels are strongly influenced by her experience as a mental health provider and the resilience she’s witnessed as her clients rebuild their lives after traumatic experiences. Heather W. Cobham is a graduate of Wake Forest University and the University of North Carolina. She works as a psychotherapist in New Bern and maintains her own mental health by stand up paddling at sunrise.