This is Barbara’s first novel, having previously written and illustrated children’s stories. She has worked extensively with sexually abused women and children and also counselled in a men’s state prison. Prior to retirement, Barbara led a ministry for mentally handicapped young adults. She now lives in the Land of Enchantment, New Mexico.
Set in the Carolina Bible Belt, from the 1950s to the 1980s, the story explores the parallel lives of two friends, Claire and Francis, separated when young. After being trafficked through an abusive foster care system, Francis arrives at the home of Pastor Leroy and his wife, Fat Cow. Leroy leads an...