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Advance Praise for Lily Harp

“Barton knows her characters like she knows Florida’s Gulf coast, which is to say deeply. Lily Harp is a masterpiece of of atmosphere and mood, of jasmine blooms and mangrove roots.” David James Poissant
“Barton sculpts imagery and molds characters who traverse the complex terrain of the human heart.” Beth Hoffman
“In the luscious novella at the center of this scrumptious new book, the pregnant, seventeen-year-old, eponymous Lily Harp struggles to be, right and wrong as muddled as the Florida weather.” Alan Michael Parker

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Podcast Interview for The Drunken Odyssey



Just Before

May 14, 2015

In the stages of labor, Transition comes in the moments just before the new life begins to press its way out, to squeeze its greatness from the womb. Sitting on the backyard porch, I listen to the birds. They weave a medley over my head, from telephone wire, to palm, to merry bougainvillea. The squirrels […]

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Mother’s Day

May 5, 2015

One slow Sunday morning of feigned sleep each May, my children banged about the kitchen preparing “breakfast in bed for Mommy,” their daddy playing line-leader in a parade of plates.   Yesterday – nearly grown – they owned this small tradition, lined four wide beside my bed, beamed like children. Plates of cheese eggs, fried […]

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