Sara wants this baby more than she has ever wanted anything.
Sara has worked her entire life to overcome the name Barefield. To be a Barefield in the rural Appalachian county where she grew up means that you are the poorest of the poor, that you are shiftless and untrustworthy, lazy and stupid. Sara has succeeded in proving that she is none of those things. At the age of forty she has a nice apartment, a decent car, and a good job as a school secretary.
Tully Rutland, a Vietnam War veteran who is the father of her baby and the only man Sara has ever loved, dies before she tells him that she’s pregnant. The Rutlands have never approved of Sara. She feels that her only choice is to move away so she can make a new life for herself and her baby.
Sara has practically no savings and no one to support her. She knows she will have to go on welfare, but she escaped poverty once and believes she can do it again. But the poverty Sara plunges into after she gives birth is beyond anything she had expected. She never imagined she’d be facing eviction and the possibility of living on the street. Nearly overwhelmed by her situation, she must find a way out.
“First and foremost, get a box of tissues because you are going to cry and get angry and be dumbfounded all at the same time. When you are done you will want to tell everyone about this book! I highly recommend it.” Andrea L. Stoekel
“Sara isn’t a quitter. She does what is necessary to survive, and the reader goes on this incredible journey with her, accompanying a decent, determined woman as she wends her way through the underside of American life, fighting to achieve her dreams. You’ll cheer her on as she tells you her compelling story.” The Midwest Book Review
Keywords: Women’s Contemporary fiction, poor and pregnant, hand to mouth, eviction, Appalachia, white trash, getting off welfare, welfare mother, single mother by choice, single mother stories, poverty, social class
Marian D. Schwartz was born in Buffalo, New York. Books were her escape from the legendary Buffalo winters and probably contributed to her becoming a writer. Now she lives in Central Virginia near the Blue Ridge Mountains, where she enjoys gardening with the exception of fighting deer, who also enjoy her garden by browsing there regularly. Her books include The Last Season, The Story of a Marriage, Harry Danced Divinely, War on Giffort Street, The Writers’ Conference, and Realities, which was a selection of the Swedish Book-of-the-Month Club.
Avery wants to marry Ginger.
Ginger is happily married to Buddy.
Buddy and Ginger have been happily married for 27 years. Avery is divorced. When he meets Ginger, he believes he has found the perfect mate. Determined to marry her, he offers her a job at an inflated salary.
Buddy is suspicious. He thinks the job is too good to be true and makes Ginger feel as though she isn't worth the offer. She goes to work for Avery to prove Buddy wrong.
Ginger saves Avery a fortune in the first real estate deal she handles for his company. Flush with success, she believes the problems she and Buddy had are over. But everything changes when they have an unexpected guest from the past…
"I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to experience an emotional, heartfelt read." Norm Hamilton, author
Keywords: Contemporary Women’s Divorce and adultery stories, women’s fiction marriage, midlife marriage, women’s fiction divorce, another man’s wife, betrayal in marriage, infidelity, The Story of a Marriage
The publishing world has secrets…
Laura Belmont has finished writing her first novel. She’s thrilled when she’s accepted at the Clymer Workshop, a well known writers' conference.
She arrives hoping to make a connection that will help her get a literary agent. But the conference isn’t anything like what she had expected.
The schedule is filled with creative writing workshops and manuscript conferences. But the real lessons Laura learns aren’t on the schedule.
She discovers how power works in the publishing world.
I enjoyed every minute that I spent reading this excellent novel, and I was pleased to read so many reviews from writers who confirm that the description of the conference is quite accurate. A. Rees
Keywords: literary fiction, Stories about writers, writing conferences, literary agents & editors, writers’ conferences, literary success, writers at work, writers on writing, inside publishing, literary politics
- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
Jenny Weaver is smart and funny and so lonely it hurts.
A year after her husband Richard took his life, Jenny impulsively moves from the Northeast to California with their two young children. She hopes for a fresh start. The children adjust to the move, but she can’t seem to find her way.
In a moment of deep frustration and loneliness, she begins writing to Richard, telling him about her daily life—bullying at work, the difficulties of single parenting and, after some hesitation, a new romance.
She also writes about the past, the forces that led to the destruction of their marriage and the life they had worked hard to build.
When the past becomes threatening, she decides not to write to him anymore, but she finds it impossible to stop.
The answer to their children's question-- "How-and why-did-Daddy-die?"--is in the past, and she can't hide from the truth forever.
"The book is by turns humorous, witty, moving, upbeat. Jenny is a warm, sensitive heroine. It’s a pleasure to watch her and a privilege to eavesdrop on her thoughts. Highly recommended…" LIBRARY JOURNAL