To the Stars Through Difficulties


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$16.95  $15.76
She Writes Press
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5.4 X 8.5 X 0.9 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

Romalyn Tilghman is a freelance writer and consultant in arts management. She earned BA and MS degrees from the University of Kansas and has studied writing through UCLA's Writers Program. To the Stars through Difficulties is her first novel, inspired by her work as Executive Director of the Association of Community Arts Councils of Kansas, and then as Regional Representative for the National Endowment for the Arts. Since then, she has consulted with private foundations, government agencies, and performing arts groups, and served on national boards and panels. She lives in Southern California.


2017 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards: Finalist 2017 IPPY Awards: Contemporary Fiction, Gold Medal Readers' Favorite: Gold Medal Award for Women's Fiction 2017 Foreword Indie Finalist in Adult Fiction--General 2018 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist in General Fiction/Novel (Over 80,000 words) Pulpwood Queen Selection, June 2018
"... this charming debut will appeal to women's-fiction fans of gentle reads." --Booklist ". . . this warmhearted first novel celebrates the value of community (and libraries!); the inspirational story of women past and present is a must-buy for Kansas libraries and recommended for general adult readers." --Library Review Journal
"I had a lot of love for this book and its multi-layered message about how women have made, can make, and will make history happen even in the most dire of situations. About how the arts are not a lost cause and neither are people. That creativity brings light and hope, no matter where it is found or how little there is to work with. And how you can find yourself by looking at the people around you. Sometimes, they help you see the things you can't see in yourself." --Sweatpants & Coffee
"Romalyn Tilghman's debut novel should come with a warning label for readers: Put on comfy pants, folks; you may be here awhile. It's easy to start flipping through the first few chapters with no intention of devouring it only to find yourself looking up, disoriented, the sun coming up on a new day . . . . a promising debut . . . . The erstwhile prairie woman proves her mettle weaving together the lives of disparate characters maintaining readers' attention to the very last page, whether they hail from Kansas or simply wind up wishing they did." --The KU Alumni Magazine
"Women's fiction at its best, a story that showcases the role that women play in their communities in a brilliant manner. It's a story about courage, problem-solving skills, generosity, and resilience . . . a clear idea of the role that libraries play in community building. The story is told in the first person narrative and from the perspectives of the three women. The prose is wonderfully crafted, charming, and heartwarming, and the reader is irresistibly pulled in as they follow each character through the engaging story. The setting comes across vividly and it can't be difficult for the reader to fit themselves into the story. Romalyn Tilghman is a gifted storyteller with an unusual skill for crafting characters that take a prominent place in the hearts of readers." --Readers' Favorite
"The characters are very real, and the events and action kept me reading way past my bedtime. Romalyn Tilghman did a superb job telling the Carnegie library story as well as the role and importance of libraries." --George S. Bobinski, Carnegie Libraries: Their History and Impact on American Public Library Development