Sydney Avey writes about dynamic women in changing times. The Sheep Walker's Daughter will be republished by The Center for Basque Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno in October 2017. The Lyre and the Lambs, currently out of print, remains available in audio. The Trials of Nellie Belle will be published by the Torchflame imprint of Light Messages in February 2018. Half the year, Sydney breathes fresh mountain air in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Yosemite, California. The rest of the year, she soaks up the sun in the Arizona Sonoran Desert. Her poems, short stories, and commentary have appeared in Epiphany, Foliate Oak, Forge, American Athenaeum, Unstrung, Blue Guitar Magazine, MTL Magazine and Ruminate. She has studied at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival. Visit her blog at www.sydneyavey.com/blog.
The American classic about a young girl's coming-of-age at the turn of the century. This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.
From the moment she entered the world, Francie needed to be made of stern stuff, for the often harsh life of Williamsburg demanded fortitude, precocity, and strength of spirit. Often scorned by neighbors for her family’s erratic and eccentric behavior-such as her father Johnny’s taste for alcohol and Aunt Sissy’s habit of marrying serially without the formality of divorce-no one, least of all Francie, could say that the Nolans’ life lacked drama. By turns overwhelming, sublime, heartbreaking, and uplifting, the Nolans’ daily experiences are tenderly threaded with family connectedness and raw with honesty. Betty Smith has, in the pages of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, captured the joys of humble Williamsburg life-from “junk day” on Saturdays, when the children of Francie’s neighborhood traded their weekly take for pennies, to the special excitement of holidays, bringing cause for celebration and revelry. Betty Smith has artfully caught this sense of exciting life in a novel of childhood, replete with incredibly rich moments of universal experiences--a truly remarkable achievement for any writer.