by Jackie Calhoun
Sarah Sweeney and Hayley Baxter are incredulous when they literally bump into each other among the tens of thousands of protesters at the Wisconsin State Capital. It’s been eleven years since Hayley left for New York City and a journalism career.
When Hayley offers to share her hotel room on weekends, Sarah takes her up on it. Too quickly she realizes her once fierce love for Hayley still simmers under the surface of her anger. But when the protests move to their next stage Sarah goes back to teaching, certain that Hayley will never leave her roommate and job in New York.
But then the bad economy causes Hayley’s newspaper to go belly-up and she is forced to return to Wisconsin, and to the lake where it all began…
Storyteller Jackie Calhoun weaves a tale of personal and political awakenings as two women try to find peace with the past and the future.
Lambda Literary Review
Awakenings: A stirring story! ...Part of the message of the story is that awakenings don't always happen overnight. Sometimes, they come softly, quietly, unannounced after an accumulation of experiences, opening like a slow-blooming flower. So, if you like your politics liberal and you're stories deeply personal, this Calhoun offering will "awaken" with a journey through time, both real and imagined.