Playing Chess with Bulls

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Eagle Ridge Farm
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5.25 X 8.0 X 0.49 inches | 0.55 pounds

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About the Author
A New England farmer at heart, Sarah P. Blanchard also lived for several years on the Big Island of Hawaii and in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, where Drawn from Life and many of her short stories are set. Rural life and the natural world have strongly influenced her writing, as have the works of writers Barbara Kingsolver, Charles Frazier, Kelly Braffet, and Ron Rash. Sarah holds a B.A. in English and an M.B.A. in marketing and worked for many years in communications and marketing. On side journeys, she has also been a volunteer firefighter, radio news anchor, talk show host, magazine editor, website developer, horse trainer, grantwriter, and facilities supervisor for a large astronomy observatory. For five years, Sarah taught at the University of Hawaii-Hilo and also taught fiction writing in the College for Seniors Program, part of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of North Carolina-Asheville. Before turning her attention to fiction, Sarah wrote three instructional books on horse training (Howell Book House). Many of her poems, essays, short stories, and a novella have been published in literary reviews, online, and in podcasts. Her story "Playing Chess with Bulls" was a finalist for the 2021 North Carolina Writers' Network Doris Betts fiction prize. She is active in several writers' groups and workshops. In her writing, Sarah is drawn toward flawed, compassionate characters who believe they must battle their demons alone; and complex antagonists who think they have nothing left to lose. Sarah and her husband Rich divide their time between rural northeastern Connecticut and the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina.

"Lizzy Baby"

A controlled, haunting tale of abuse and betrayal [and] a damning look at the ways that people refuse to see what they don't want to see... This is a dark story that clearly telegraphs where it's going. -Kirkus Reviews

 Lizzy, more perceptive than her parents, learns to trust her own voice. Her insurrection is both believable and triumphant. -C.R. HURST, author of the Jane Digby's Diary series

 I truly wanted to reach inside the book and bring [Lizzy] to a safer place. -TRIX LEE, Readers' Favorite

 Well-written with a sense of dread building underneath ... the tale of of young Liz, teetering on the precipice of early womanhood, accelerated by the harsh facts of a religious, rural farm life. Hard lessons in this one, but all too real. Recommended. -D.W. WHITLOCK

"Playing Chess with Bulls"

Moves deftly between memories and the present moment of the story. Lovely ending, it works perfectly. The grief in the narrator's voice is eloquent. -DEVON BOHM, author of Careful Cartography

"Two Out of Three"

Love the relationship between the sisters, their differences, their distance...the slight dishonesty and denial all around, within and between the sisters, between husband and wife, and in conversations with law enforcement. -SHERI FLOWERS ANDERSON, author of House and Home and winner of the 2023 Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award