High Springs Branch Library will host author Sarah A. Younger on Thursday, May 18, at 6:30 p.m. Younger will talk about her first novel, A Bend in the Straight and Narrow: A Woman’s Journey into the Heart of the Florida Frontier. This historical fiction novel is based on stories told to the author by her Granny Osteen. The story traces the O’Steen pioneer families that settled in the Alachua and Lacrosse areas from before the Civil War through the Florida frontier to 1888. The novel was a semi-finalist in the 2016 Royal Palm Literary Award Competition.
About the Author: Sarah A. Younger is a native Floridian whose ancestors settled Florida in the post-Civil War period, with some branches on the family tree traced to the 1820s. The stories Younger has passed on in the novel were told to her by her grandmother, Granny O’Steen. Since the stories were a mere skeleton, she filled in the gaps with historical fiction. Not only did the inspiration come from family narratives, but after studying the picture of the real Sarah, the author thought that as a young girl, she could not have looked that stern. From that reflection “flowed the story like water over a broken dam.”
Much of the research done for this project was accomplished by visiting graveyards in the Bradford and Alachua county areas. The search for Jacob Henry’s and Sarah’s graves is ongoing. Many of the markers revealed things not known previously in family history, such as an epidemic that killed three people in the family, including her grandfather’s mother, one week after he was born. The last names in the book have been changed, but many of the given names remain the same.
Younger has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Baylor University in Texas and a degree in education from the University of Southern Colorado. She has an avid interest in history and quilting. She lives in Merritt Island with her husband.
About the Alachua County Library District: Alachua County Library District (ACLD) is an independent special taxing district and the sole provider of public library services to approximately 250,000 citizens in Alachua County, with 12 branch locations, two bookmobiles and multiple deposit collections. The Library District strives to provide all community members with free, open and equal access to education, information and entertainment.
For additional information, please visit www.aclib.us or call the High Springs Branch at (386) 454-2515.
If a person with a disability needs an accommodation in order to participate in this event he or she is entitled, at no cost to him or her, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the Alachua County Library District at 352-334-3910 at least three (3) days prior to the event. TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service).