Sara wants this baby more
than she has ever wanted anything.
Sara wants this baby more than she has ever wanted anything.She has worked her entire life to overcome the name Barefield. To be a Barefield in the rural Virginia 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....
Laura Belmont has finished writing her first novel,
and she hopes it will change her life.
She quits her job, ends a ten-year affair she’s had with her married boss, and heads off to The Clymer Workshop, one of the oldest writers’ conferences in the country, where she wants to make a connection with one of the famous staff authors or a well-known literary agent to help her get published.
The conference is in a picturesque setting, but the atmosphere is anything but tranquil. From the moment Laura arrives, she feels the intensity of two hundred people who have come for the same reason she is there.
Jenny Weaver is smart, she’s funny, and she’s so lonely it hurts.
A year after her husband’s suicide, Jenny impulsively moves from the Northeast to California. In a moment of deep frustration and loneliness, she begins writing to her dead husband, Richard, telling him about her daily life. Jenny also writes about the past. She looks back at their marriage and family life, and begins to see how it went wrong. As she gets closer to the truth and the past becomes threatening, she decides not to write to him anymore. But she finds it impossible to stop.
In this intimate, compelling novel, a young widow discovers her own strength and identity after the devastating loss of her husband.
Lanie Strickland is sixteen in 1956, and for a while the year seems magical.
Lanie believes Alec when he tells her that he loves her, but his actions say something else, just as the Stricklands’ house on Giffort street suggests that they have money when they can barely afford to live there. She is able to handle being pushed by her socially ambitious mother, but can Lanie resist pushing from Alex after he tells her that he loves her?
Meghan Danahy loves Dennis Kipphut.
Meghan’s father wants to be rid of him.
Meghan never does anything halfway, whether it’s demonstrating against the Vietnam War or falling in love with Dennis Kipphut. But the anti-war protests become personal when Dennis draws a low number in the draft lottery. He is sure to be drafted and sent to Vietnam.
Jenny Weaver is smart, she’s funny, and she’s so lonely it hurts. Two years after her husband took his life, she begins writing to him. Jenny waits until the children are bathed and in bed. Then she sits with a glass of wine and writes…Read more >
What happens when a successful middle-aged man falls in love with a woman who has been happily married for twenty-seven years? If he’s Avery Laird, he hires her to work for him. Read more >
An old, prestigious writers’ conference. A rural, picturesque setting. Aspiring writers and famous authors…It all comes together in a gripping story about publishing and its secrets. You’ll enter a world most people will never see. Read more >
Sara Barefield is pregnant and alone at the age of forty. She is determined to have her baby. She has five hundred dollars in savings and no prospect of help from anyone. But she was born poor and had pulled herself up so she thinks she can do it again.Read more >
Even though the 1950s didn’t have computers and cell phones, some things–like a teenager’s first love and social pressures–don’t change. For sixteen-year-old Lanie Strickland, it is a shock to discover that the boy she idolizes is not the person she believed he was. Read more >
There are unexpected consequences at the Danahys, where Meghan and her father are fighting over the Vietnam War. Meghan wants her father’s help to keep her boyfriend out of the war. Her father is counting on the draft to be rid of him. Read more >
There is a myth that the 1950’s were a simpler time. Family life is never simple, especially not on Giffort Street. In these collected stories, the neighbors reappear from story to story just like they do in any neighborhood. Read more >