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About C. Dawn McCallum
C. Dawn McCallum was born in Dallas, Texas in 1970. She taught middle school English and Reading for a decade then worked as a professional marketing and advertising writer for over 15 years. She holds a B.A. in English and a M.Ed. in Secondary Education. A long-time member of the Dallas-Fort Worth Writer's Workshop, she published her first novel in 2006 and toured the southern states to share her story. In addition to writing, she loves acting and directing at her local theatre. Follow her blog to see how her work is evolving.
In this allegorical tale told by a tree, we witness the decay and redemption of a modern family.
For Abra, the maddening effects of secrets, both past and present, shred the reality of all around her until all that is left is the warm light of truth. Set in Texas, this beautiful nightmare looks at the ripple effects of secrets and the innocents who get in their wake.
On the day of the biggest quake, when the children were digging through the rubble, listening for cries and moans, sifting the dust and stones for any useful objects as they dug, Mia’s hands busied themselves by grabbing any part of the past she could hold onto. She stood on the pile and thought about what might be under it. And then she found it—the teacher’s cabinet—where the storybook, worn and ancient, waited to be found.
"Was it my fault that you were swallowed in the night? Was it because of what I did?" Everything was already falling apart before Perla disappeared, before Mia stole the old storybook.
Will he see Tree Palace before the woods are torn down to be sold for lumber? What will happen to the animals? Can he save Tree Palace?
Also includes two short stories “The Princess Who Had Everything She Needed” about contentment and “The Canyon Flier” about two migrant workers who’s lives are changed by a song.