Catherine Henry tells her husband many stories about her past. Not one of them is true. Her tapestry of lies begins to unravel when their five-year-old son is diagnosed with a chemotherapy-resistant leukemia. Michael will die without a bone marrow transplant. Neither she nor her husband is a match. Because relatives make the best donors, Catherine returns to rural Kentucky to face murder charges and a past filled with heartbreak. There she searches for the brother she abandoned and the baby she gave up for adoption nearly two decades before. Will she find them and will they give her a second chance? A Bend In The Willow explores the risks a mother will take to try to save her dying child.
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Susan Clayton-Goldner is a graduate of the University of Arizona’s Creative Writing Program and has been writing most of her life. Her novels have been finalists for The Hemingway Award, the Heeken Foundation Fellowship, the Writers Foundation and the Publishing On-line Contest. Susan won the National Writers’ Association Novel Award twice for unpublished novels and her poetry was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Her work has appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies including Animals as Teachers and Healers, Our Mothers/Ourselves, The Hawaii Pacific Review-Best of a Decade, and New Millennium Writings. A collection of her poems, A Question of Mortality was released in 2015. Her novel, A Bend In The Willow, released by Tirgearr Publishing, is available for presale. In addition to writing, Susan enjoys working with stained glass and quilting.