Sara Barefield

Gristmill Publishing, L.L.C.
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“Ms. Schwartz is a powerhouse writer. This book is a jewel, one that will stay with the reader long after the final page.” InD’tale Magazine


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, pregnant and alone, hand to mouth, eviction, Appalachia, white trash, getting off welfare, welfare mother, single mother by choice, single mother stories


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About the author

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.

 

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Publisher
Gristmill Publishing, L.L.C.
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Published on
May 31, 2016
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Pages
368
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Contemporary Women
Fiction / Family Life
Fiction / Literary
Fiction / Small Town & Rural
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 The world of traditional publishing has secrets…

Laura Belmont has finished writing her first novel. She enrolls in the Clymer Workshop, one of the oldest writers' conferences in the country. Her plan is to make a connection with one of the famous staff authors or a literary agent who will help her get a publishing contract.

 

Over two hundred people are attending the conference for the same reason Laura is there. The male writers on the staff are more interested in her body than in her manuscript. She goes to creative writing workshops unaware of the literary politics being played in the shadows by the famous authors teaching her—the favors made, the courtesies given, the grudges held. Even an author’s wife becomes fair game.

 

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Jenny Weaver’s husband committed suicide. 

She’s spending more time with him now than she did when he was alive.

A year after her husband's suicide, Jenny impulsively moves from the Northeast to California. Her young children adjust to the move, but she does not. She has made only one friend, and she's finding it difficult being a single mother.

In a moment of deep frustration and loneliness, she begins writing to her dead husband, Richard, telling him about her daily life. She holds nothing back, even telling him when she begins a new romance.

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“The author endows Jenny and her circle with attributes that make them linger in one’s memory.” PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

Keywords:  Fiction Contemporary women, young widow’s story, widow novels, starting over, widow with children, single mother, second chance, suicide’s wife, healing after suicide, mothers and children

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She never saw Mercy again.

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