by Ruth Perkinson
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Fresh out of high school and on a full scholarship to play collegiate basketball at UVA, Piper Leigh Cliff returns to her childhood home in Virginia. Upon her arrival, Piper reconnects to a past she had willfully and willingly long forgotten. Demons still linger in her hometown. Most notably, her grandfather and his friend Clover, who is still fuming mad over an encounter with Piper six years earlier.
Returning to roots that are dark, roots that are secret, and roots that lead to an uncertain future, Piper finds out the past is not the heaviest burden to carry. It is the mind she was born with: a daunting genius bearing down on her that threatens to take everything away, including her life.
This time she’s fighting a battle to hold on to the one thing she’s always counted on: her mind.
Breaking Spirit Bridge: Finalist — Best Lesbian Fiction.
Lynne Pierce - September, 2008: Breaking Spirit Bridge is well written by Perkinson and presented by Spinsters Ink. This isn't a light romance or an engrossing mystery, but it is a powerful character study. It's an intelligent book that requires the reader to contemplate the impact of mental illness on people and those who care about them. If you're looking for easy entertainment, this isn't it, but, if you're looking for something that is enlightening and a good story, you want to try this book.