Releasing July 1 – It’s Not Like I Knew Her by Pat Spears

“Jodie Taylor is an unforgettable character. Her at times gut-wrenching journey of self-discovery and truth is a tale for the ages. Pat Spears is a rare writer. She peers into the heart of darkness and finds redemption. Read this book”.—Connie May Fowler, author of How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly and Before Women had Wings

Jodie Taylor’s first lesson about the consequences of her attraction to the little girl next door is delivered by her mother. Jewel Taylor tells her ten-year-old daughter: “Lord, baby girl, it’s starting to look like you’re going to need to take up far less space in this world. Double up on them clever lies you’re so good at. That’s if you figure on staying alive.”  It is the late 1940’s, being gay is still illegal in all 50 states, and being “peculiar” is dangerous, even for a child.

Gays and lesbians were prosecuted for their sexuality, particularly in the south, until 2003, when the Supreme Court ruled that such laws were unconstitutional. The ruling INLIKH_small-promo_coverinvalidated laws that were still on the books in thirteen states.

In her wonderful second novel, It’s Not Like I Knew Her, Pat Spears looks at a time before the gay rights movement, when young gays and lesbians understood that admitting who they were could lead to prison, institutionalization, and unspeakable violence that was widely regarded as justifiable.

But this is no self-indulgent rant against injustice. Instead, it is a clear-eyed look at the way we were, and what it cost countless young Americans: the emotional and psychological damage of living in secrecy; the constant threat of violence; and the frequency with which they committed violence against themselves. Jodie Taylor experiences all of this and more, living her life behind a wall of lies and half-truths.

But Jodie is fierce and resilient, and her journey is ultimately a hopeful one. Along the way, we discover that we do know her, and that we’re the better for it.

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Paradise Lost

 A Million Fragile Bones
A Memoir by Connie May Fowler

On April 20th, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon, a BP operated oil rig, exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. Eleven men died in the explosion. Before the well was capped, it spewed an estimated 4.9 million gallons of oil into the gulf. The spill directly impacted 68,000 miles of ocean, and oil washed ashore along the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida.
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Connie May Fowler began that day as she had begun most days for the previous sixteen years, immersed in the natural world that was her home on Alligator Point on Florida’s gulf coast, surrounded by dunes and water birds, watching dolphins play in the distance. Then began the nightmare from which she would not emerge for more than a year.

In her memoir, A Million Fragile Bones, she details the beauty and peace she found on Alligator Point after years of heartbreak and loss, and the devastation and upheaval that followed the oil spill. It is, at it’s heart, a love song to the natural world and a cry of anger and grief at its ruin for the sake of corporate profits.

It is also a cautionary tale – a clear-eyed look at the real cost of our seemingly insatiable appetite for fossil fuel. As the memoir points out, we will continue to abuse the natural world at our peril.

Twisted Road Publications is proud to announce that we will release A Million Fragile Bones by Connie May Fowler in April 2017.

Building a Family

The Place of Peace and Crickets:  How adoption, heartache, and love built a family
A Memoir by Tricia Booker

IMG_3767Perhaps the subtitle of this book should be “how a brilliant mind and wicked sense of humor allowed one mom to survive raising three adopted children.” Yes, that’s too long for a subtitle, but it aptly describes this beautiful, emotional memoir about love and family.

When Tricia Booker and her husband Bob decided to start a family, they began a journey that would eventually place them in the hands of Guatemala’s broken international adoption system, and give them a child who seemed at times as broken as the system from which he came.

With wit and candor, Tricia tells her story of fertility treatments, three international adoptions, and the struggle to diagnose and treat her son’s attachment disorder. By turns heartbreaking and laugh-out-loud funny, this book is a must read for anyone who has ever loved a child.

Twisted Road Publications is proud to announce that we will release The Place of Peace and Crickets in the spring of 2017.