by Nancy Garden
On the long drive to her family’s summer cottage Liz Hardy was dreading the cobwebs, dust, and memories that surely awaited her after five uninhabited years. She knew there was no reason to put it off any longer now that both of her parents were gone. It was time to sell the rustic old place and nothing would ever be the same for her again.
Nora Tillot gazed out the window at her thriving garden and then across the kitchen to her failing parents. Today. Yesterday. Tomorrow. All the same she thought. But looking at her mother, Nora smiled radiantly, took a deep breath, squared her shoulders, and went to help her father with his lunch.
One Journey . . .
When her rental car has a flat tire Liz reluctantly stops at the old Tillot farm to borrow a jack. Walking out to the barn together the two women unknowingly take the first steps on a path that will change both of their lives forever. But when their tender friendship turns passionate, Nora and Liz’ s happiness is shattered by accusations and rumors. Trying desperately to rise above the tumult, they silently wonder if their love can survive . . .
Nancy Garden is the author of around 30 books for children and teens, a number of which feature GL characters and issues. Her young adult novel Good Moon Rising was a Lambda Book Award winner and her highly acclaimed Annie On My Mind, burned, banned, and tried in Kansas, is listed by the American Library Association as one of the 100 Best of the Best Books for Young Adults.
A former editor and pre-Stonewall activist, in addition to working on her own books, Nancy today teaches writing and speaks around the country to librarians, teachers, and lay people against censorship and in support of GLBT youth. She and her partner of 33 years divide their time between Massachusetts and Maine.
Lambda Literary Foundation
Nora and Liz: Finalist, Lesbian Romance
American Library Association
Nancy Garden: Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement