Two sisters—Noah Blank and her younger sister Cali, both live in Middletown, Maryland with their parents. The story begins just as summer is starting, and the girls are ending school.
Noah has a dark secret.
Cali, who prefers to view life through the lens of her camera, neat and contained, documents the changes in her sister—hoping to bring help to Noah before it is too late.
In the midst of this, a stranger arrives in Middletown—a mysterious, young, vagabond—determined to help Cali overcome her fear of the world around her.
While Cali is learning to love, Noah is struggling just to live. This is a story of grace, of survival, and of the all-too-familiar struggles of an average, beautifully dysfunctional American family.
File Size: 500 KB
Print Length: 188 pages
Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press (April 8, 2015)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Anelise Farris was born in the Deep South, and she continues to reside in the Lesser South area of Northern Virginia. Anelise is currently an Adjunct Professor of English at a few local colleges and a part-time bookseller at The Winchester Book Gallery. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in English from George Mason University with a concentration in Folklore, Mythology, and Literature, as well as a Masters from Mason in English Literature and a Graduate Certificate in Folklore Studies. Her research interests include children’s literature, folklore, horror and monster theory, disability studies, mythology, fantasy and science fiction, and major writers of Modernism, Existentialism, and the Beat Generation.
Anelise intends to begin working towards her PhD in English in the near future, but for now she satisfies her desire to be a student again by living vicariously through each of her students. Anelise lives with her husband and three beautiful children: a dog and a cat, Mulder and Scully respectively, and a kitten named Loki —all are aptly named, for the most part. When she is not teaching or being a student, she enjoys writing and reading (naturally), hiking, traveling (especially to literary sites), music of all kinds (playing and listening), and cooking vegetarian concoctions that she forces on her poor husband. Growing up in a family of eight and marrying a husband who grew up in a family of twelve, Anelise is continually inspired by the lives of people around her, the power of memory, and the quirkiness of daily life.