There’s no writing exercise today: have a go at yesterday’s imitation challenge if you have free time.
She’s only ten years old, but she knows something is wrong with her father. Her mother says he just needs time to rest, to clear his mind. They must never question him. They must never call the police.
This week, by the way, is a special occasion: it’s the one-year anniversary of Tawnysha Greene’s novel, A House Made of Stars. The publisher (my wife and I) are celebrating by running an e-book sale: you can buy the kindle version for only $2.99 for a limited time. Wow!
I edited and published this novel, and I still feel struck by how good it is. The novel tells the story of a hard of hearing girl whose family wanders from crisis to crisis. As their situation worsens, it becomes clear that the source of their trouble is the protagonist’s unstable father, but no matter how dangerous he becomes, her mother insists that everyone has to do what he says, that the women of the family have a religious duty to support him, and cover up his violence.
The novel is “a gripping, gorgeous read,” according to celebrated author Moira Crone: it’s fast paced and lyrical and scary, and since being published has been a finalist in multiple novel competitions.