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About Jane Bradley
Jane Bradley's latest novel, You Believers, is based on the true story of Peggy Carr who went missing in Wilmington, NC, and it tells the story of the ensuing seven-month search for her, led by Monica Caison and CUE. It is a cathartic story of casual evil and of how the worst things can be faced so that we might not only survive, but grow. Bradley is the author of two acclaimed story collections, Are We Lucky Yet? and Power Lines which was cited as a "Notable Book" by the New York Times Book Review. She had written a novella, Living Doll, used in many intern graduate programs for those training to work with emotionally dysfunctional children, and a screenwriting text, Screenwriting 101:Small Steps While Thinking Big. She has won numerous awards for her work, including an NEA Individual Artists Fellowship and an Ohio Arts Council Fellowship. Originally from Chattanooga, she currently is a Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Toledo. For more information on her her process of turning a true story into fiction in You Believers and for other related blog posts, go to her website: www.janebradley.net.
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Part Southern gothic, part crime, part haunting suspense story, You Believers takes us on an infinitely harrowing journey that rewards the reader with insight into how we might endure horrible events with faith, strength, and grace even while it reveals the ripple effects of random violence.
These stories of survival were first published in Crazyhorse, The North American Review, and other journals.
Little Shirley lives in a bewildering home inhabited by her mother, her sister, a younger brother, relatives, a number of "Daddies" and an assortment of people who pass through her house. Retreating from this world of exploitation and pain, she pretends that she is a living doll, a perfect Shirley Temple. She carefully constructs an inner life of Barbie dolls, pet cemeteries, and a constant winning smile. But as the years progress, Shirley yearns for a better and different world, and with courage and determination begins to take the first unsettling and painful steps that lead to a re-invention of herself.