Lily Harp returns from art school prematurely, pregnant and tossed between her well-meaning aunt, her protective grandfather, and her own uncertain sense of responsibility and independence. She is haunted by memories of her mother, whose suicide during Lily’s girlhood first set Lily adrift. And she is drawn to another mother and daughter she meets at the water’s edge and whose friendship presents Lily with a fateful choice between hope and safety.
Set in a stilt-house nestled among the mangroves in 1970s southern Florida, this novella by Stacy Barton is a must-read for fans and a perfect introduction for soon-to-be-fans.
The book also features twelve short stories that have appeared in publications like The Potomac Review, Gargoyle, Real South, Relief Journal and Ruminate. Link to trailer.
Advance Praise For Lily Harp
“From the sweltering Florida mangroves to the dust storms of Oklahoma, Stacy Barton sculpts imagery and molds characters who traverse the complex terrain of the human heart.”
—Beth Hoffman, New York Times bestselling author of Looking for Me
“Stacy Barton knows her characters like she knows Florida’s Gulf coast, which is to say deeply. Lily Harp is a masterpiece of atmosphere and mood, of jasmine blooms and mangrove roots.”
—David James Poissant, author of The Heaven of Animals (Florida Book Award Silver Medal)
“In the luscious novella at the center of this scrumptious new book, the pregnant, seventeen-year-old, eponymous Lily Harp struggles to be, as muddled as the Florida weather.”
—Alan Michael Parker, award-winning author of The Committee on Town Happiness
“In these stories, you’ll hear distant echoes of Raymond Carver.”
—Thomas Caraway editor, Rock & Sling
“Barton has created a sacred space and populated it with unforgettable characters whose stories and struggles are at once evocative and eternal. We will ever keep them in our hearts.”
—Cathleen Falsani, journalist and author of Sin Boldly: A Field Guide for Grace