Debbie Kaiman Tillinghast

Author of Memoir, Poetry, and Fiction

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"Hear the gentle whispers of your heart."


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Debbie Kaiman Tillinghast began writing as she embarked on a quest to reconnect with her island roots, starting with a cookbook for her
family. She has also been published in Country magazine, and her poetry has been featured in three anthologies published by the Association of Rhode Island Authors: Shoreline, Under the 13th Star, and Selections.

Debbie, a retired teacher and Nutrition Educator, now enjoys
volunteering as well as writing, gardening, walking and spending time
with her children and grandchildren.

Visit Debbie's Facebook page.

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Book cover: The Ferry Home

Step back in time to a simpler life as you read this captivating memoir of growing up in the 1950s on the small island of Prudence along the New England coast.

A story of reconnecting to long-forgotten childhood bonds and memories, Debbie Kaiman Tillinghast’s The Ferry Home embraces joyful moments with humor and more troubling emotions with compassion.

If you have ever faced emotional challenges within your family or had a sibling relationship with both squabbles and shared mischief, if you have found peace in one memorable place, or if you have ever longed for any of these, then this book is for you.

Experience the rhythm of life on Prudence Island, the ebb and flow of changing tides and seasons, and the patterns and relationships that emerge. It is a place where independence is fostered, but friends are always there when needed.

As Debbie’s vivid accounts unfold, you will feel like you too have just stepped off the ferry and been embraced by the tiny Prudence Island community.

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Also available in these Rhode Island stores:

Lightning Ridge Farm
519 Putnam Pike
Chepachet, RI

Island Bound Bookstore
Water St., Block Island, RI

Paper Packaging and Panache
418 Hope St., Bristol, RI

Linden Place Gift Shop
500 Hope St., Bristol, RI

Inkfish Books
488 Main St., Warren, RI

Stillwater Books
175 Main St., Pawtucket, RI

Wakefield Books
160 Old Tower Hill Road, Wakefield, RI


Debbie's work features in these anthologies from The Association of Rhode Island Authors.

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News & Events

Debbie will be attending the following literary events:

  • 02/15/20 [Book Lovers Local Authors Expo, 1-4 PM, Cumberland Public Library, Cumberland, RI] (

Please contact Debbie if you'd like to invite her to attend your event or book club.

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Debbie would love to hear from you!

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You can also visit her Facebook page.

Please get in touch also, if you'd like to invite her to attend your literary event or book club meeting.