Walk Among Birches by Carol McAfee

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When Janey Nichols, a teacher of young children, becomes hospitalized for postpartum depression, her problems have just begun. The stillbirth of her infant son triggers memories of Janey trying, unsuccessfully, to save her little brother from drowning as he slipped through the ice in a lake near their childhood home.

Still guilt-ridden, suicidal and profoundly depressed, Janey is brought to a psychiatric hospital where she meets Delphina, a sassy, endearing black woman who is brutalized by the man in her life and who turns to drugs to save herself. Their friendship is infused with honesty, humor and love.

Janey's return home hardly provides the sanctuary she yearns for, especially when she discovers the truth of her husband's infidelity. Hurt to the core, Janey withdraws from life but then reaches beyond her own pain. She learns that in saving Delphina from her own terror, she might just save herself. This luminous story reveals the redeeming power of love found in the most unlikely places, and the salvation that comes from the heart of a true friendship.

About the Author: Carol McAfee is the author of The Climbing Tree and Who's the Kid around Here? A survivor of two teenage daughters and postpartum depression as well, she lives in Baltimore, Maryland.


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Romance author Jayne Ann Krentz was born in Borrego Springs, California on March 28, 1948. She received a B.A. in history from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a Masters degree in library science from San Jose State University. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked as a librarian. Her novels include: Truth or Dare, All Night Long, and Copper Beach. She has written under seven different names: Jayne Bentley, Amanda Glass, Stephanie James, Jayne Taylor, Jayne Castle, Amanda Quick and Jayne Ann Krentz. Her first book, Gentle Pirate, was published in 1980 under the name Jayne Castle. She currently uses only three personas to represent her three specialties. She uses the name Jayne Ann Krentz for her contemporary pieces, Amanda Quick for her historical fiction pieces, and Jayne Castle for her futuristic pieces. She has received numerous awards for her work including the 1995 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Trust Me, the 2004 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Falling Awake, the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, the Romantic Times Jane Austen Award, and the Susan Koppelman Award for Feminist Studies for Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women: Romance Writers on the Appeal of the Romance.
Published February 1, 2000 by Bancroft Pr. 256 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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