Heather Bell Adams, "Maranatha Road"
Heather Bell Adams, Maranatha Road
Sunday, September 10, 3pm
A novel about two women: Sadie Caswell, whose son dies shortly before his wedding and Tinley Greene, the young stranger who shows up claiming she's pregnant with his child.
After Sadie's son, Mark, is gone, she doesn't have much use for other people. The last person she wants to see is Tinley Greene, who shows up claiming she's pregnant with Mark's baby. Sadie knows Tinley must be lying because Mark never would've betrayed his fiancée. So she refuses to help and she doesn't breathe a word about Tinley's visit to anybody, including her husband. But in a small, southern town like Garnet, nothing stays secret for long. Once Sadie starts piecing together what happened to Mark, she discovers she was wrong about Tinley. And when her husband is rushed to the hospital, Sadie must hurry to undo her mistake before he runs out of time to meet their grandchild.
Short stories based on MARANATHA ROAD appear in Pembroke Magazine, Southern Writers Magazine, Hermeneutic Chaos, and The Bluestone Review, and were selected as finalists for the Reynolds Price Fiction Prize, Ruth Moose Flash Fiction Prize, Touring Theatre of North Carolina Short Story Contest, Southern Literary Contest, and North Carolina State University Fiction Prize. The manuscript won the Knoxville Writers' Guild contest.
Heather Bell Adams: Winner of the James Still Fiction Prize, Heather Bell Adams is the author of the novel MARANATHA ROAD (Vandalia Press Sept 1, 2017) and various short stories. Originally from Hendersonville, NC, she now lives in Raleigh with her husband and son.