After Sadie’s son, Mark, is gone, she doesn’t have much use for other people, including her husband. 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 was engaged and never would have betrayed his fiancee. So she refuses to help, and she doesn’t breathe a word about it to anybody. 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.
“It is a special pleasure to welcome this novel of kinship, loss, and love, set in the mountains of North Carolina. Heather Adams is an exciting new voice in Appalachian fiction.” – Robert Morgan, author of Gap Creek and Chasing the North Star
“In prose as pure and clear and resonant as a mountain ballad, Adams takes us directly into the hearts of her characters.” – Kim Church, author of Byrd
Short stories based on Marantha 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.
Winner of the James Still Fiction Prize and the Carrie McCray Literary Award, Heather Bell Adams is originally from Hendersonville, NC and now lives in Raleigh, where she practices law. Her short fiction appears in the Thomas Wolfe Review, Clapboard House, Broad River Review, Gravel, The Bluestone Review, Pembroke Magazine, Southern Writers Magazine, First Stop Fiction, Deep South Magazine, and elsewhere. Most recently, author Amy Greene named Adams the Emerging Writing Fellow of the inaugural Laughing Heart Literary Festival. This is her first novel.