Sinful Folk: A Novel of the Middle Ages
DescriptionA tragic loss. A desperate journey. A mother seeks the truth.
In December of 1377, four children were burned to death in a suspicious house fire. Villagers traveled hundreds of miles across England to demand justice.
Sinful Folk is the story of this terrible mid-winter journey as seen by Mear, a former nun who has lived for a decade disguised as a mute man, raising her son quietly in this isolated village. For years, she has concealed herself and all her history. But on this journey, she will find the strength to claim the promise of her past and create a new legacy. Mear begins her journey in terror and heartache, and ends in triumph and redemption.
The remarkable new novel by Ned Hayes, illustrated by New York Times bestselling author/illustrator Nikki McClure, Sinful Folk illuminates the medieval era with profound insight and compassion.
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About the Author
Ned Hayes holds an MFA in creative writing from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University. His historical novel, Sinful Folk, was nominated for the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award. The Eagle Tree is based on his past experience working with children on the autistic spectrum and on family and friends he knows and loves. Hayes lives in Olympia, Washington, with his wife and children.
"Suspenseful, page-turning mystery of a mother pursuing the truth . . . Every reader will come to love the brave and intrepid Mear, a most memorable character in a most memorable story." -- Jim Heynen award-winning author of The Fall of Alice K "book recommendation"
"'Sinful Folk' is a work of art. I found the story fascinating, approachable, and powerful. Miriam's story is a raw and brutal and passionate tale, but her story touches the reader because it's a timeless story -- the struggles of parents, and of justice for their children. She makes it all very human regardless of the time period..." -- Kathryn Le Veque (on author's book blog KathrynLeVeque.com ) bestselling author of The Dark Lord and "Critic's blog post"
"A suspenseful and mesmerizing tale full of rich and vital characters. Ned Hayes crafts a narrative that shows a devotion to craft in each word." -- Renee Miller, (on Book Blog http: //onfictionwriting.com/) editor of On Fiction and author of In the "Critic's blog post"