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My debut novel, Accidental Salvation of Gracie Lee, is scheduled for publication by year end through SYP Publication. Although the story is fiction, the characters and setting will be familiar and relatable, especially to those of us with southern roots. I write regularly for Arkansas Farm Bureauâ€™s Front Porch Magazine, Only in Arkansas(dot) com, and the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute. For more juicy details, I constantly overshare on my personal blog, Grace Grits and Gardening.
Accidental Salvation of Gracie Lee: filled with both honey and vinegar
racie Lee Eudora Abbott, the nine-year-old (soon to be ten) protagonist of Accidental Salvation, struggles to grasp the meaning of life while her day-to-day activities revolve around her rural fourth grade classroom, mind-numbing Baptist sermons and a mysterious gray house across the cotton field. Mature beyond her years, Gracie Lee often plays the role of peacemaker in a
family ruled by an alcoholic, hardworking father. Although her precociousness often lands her in trouble, she is quick to speak up, questioning what others accept as the norm. Set during a time when people were concerned with Vietnam and obsessed with Elvis, Talya Tate Boernerâ€™s debut novel is filled with both honey and vinegar and will stay with you long after the last page.
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