Maranatha Road by Heather Bell Adams
“It is a special pleasure to welcome this novel of kinship, loss, and love, set in the mountains of North Carolina. Heather Adams is an exciting new voice in Appalachian fiction.”
—Robert Morgan, author of Gap Creek and Chasing the North Star
“Maranatha Road is an ode to beauty and suffering, grief and hope in a small mountain town. Within its pages, Heather Bell Adams brings to vivid life two strong, Southern women, at odds yet bound by love’s saving grace. I’ll be thinking of Sadie and Tinley for a long time to come, and waiting eagerly for more to read from this gifted new writer.”
—Amy Greene, author of Bloodroot and Long Man
“In prose as pure and clear and resonant as a mountain ballad, Adams takes us directly into the hearts of her characters.”
—Kim Church, author of Byrd
A novel about two women: Sadie Caswell, whose son dies shortly before his wedding and Tinley Greene, the young stranger who shows up claiming she’s pregnant with his child.
After Sadie Caswell’s son, Mark, is gone, she doesn’t have much use for other people. The last person she wants to see is Tinley Greene, who shows up claiming she’s pregnant with Mark’s baby. Sadie knows Tinley must be lying because Mark never would’ve betrayed his fiancé. So she refuses to help and she doesn’t breathe a word about Tinley’s visit to anybody, including her husband.
But in a small, southern town like Garnet, nothing stays secret for long. Once Sadie starts piecing together what happened to Mark, she discovers she was wrong about Tinley. And when her husband is rushed to the hospital, Sadie must hurry to undo her mistake before he runs out of time to meet their grandchild.
Short stories based on Maranatha Road appear in Pembroke Magazine, Southern Writers Magazine, Hermeneutic Chaos, and The Bluestone Review, and were selected as finalists for the Reynolds Price Fiction Prize, Ruth Moose Flash Fiction Prize, Touring Theatre of North Carolina Short Story Contest, Southern Literary Contest, and North Carolina State University Fiction Prize. The manuscript won the Knoxville Writers’ Guild contest.
Winner of the James Still Fiction Prize and the Carrie McCray Literary Award, Heather Bell Adams is originally from Hendersonville and now lives in Raleigh, where she practices law. Her short fiction appears in the Thomas Wolfe Review, Clapboard House, Broad River Review, Gravel, The Bluestone Review, Pembroke Magazine, Southern Writers Magazine, First Stop Fiction, Deep South Magazine, and elsewhere. This is her first novel.