The first chapter of Stanislaus Countys community novel, Ashes in a Teardrop, was published online Tuesday. Fifteen local authors have collaborated on this project, mapping out the story and contributing a chapter each toward the novels plot. The novel begins when a young couple stumble across an abandoned teardrop trailer during a weekend bike ride along the Tuolumne River.
What follows is a suspenseful mystery set against the familiar landscape of Stanislaus County, according to a news release from the library. Chapter 1 was written by Micheal Maxwell of Modesto. A new chapter will be published online every Tuesday at www.stanislauslibrary.org.