Join us Tuesday, May 16 at 11:00 am or Thursday, May 18th at 6:30 pm to meet Florida author, Sarah A. Younger and discuss her novel, "A Bend in the Straight and Narrow: A Woman's Journey Into the Heart of the Florida Frontier".
Ms. Younger is a native Floridian whose ancestors settled Florida, specifically Alachua County, in the post Civil War period. Her novel is based on a true story, taken from stories she was told by her grandmother, Sarah Helen Hilton (Granny) O'Steen. She takes family narratives and weaves them with historical fiction resulting in an entertaining and enlightening account of family life in Florida in the mid to late 1860's.
The story surrounds the life of Sally Ann Marsh who at 15 is made to marry an older, wealthy man she's never met. She leaves her family home in Tennessee to live in Atlanta, Georgia with her new husband. While the Civil War is brewing, Sally is adapting to marriage and family life far from her childhood home and family. She begins to reveal her "true grit" when her husband and the other men in her surroundings go off to war and she is left to cope with the homefront, enemies of wartime and an exodus to the Florida frontier with babies, children and an elderly father-in-law in tow.
The story is action-packed and the characters are colorful. The novel also offers a glimpse of war and family life on the frontier from the perspective of a brave and resourceful woman.
The book is available through our library catalog, or you may purchase signed copies of the book from the author.