Corabel Shofner is a wife, mother, attorney, and author. She graduated from Columbia University with a degree in English Literature and was on Law Review at Vanderbilt University School of Law. Her shorter work has appeared or is forthcoming in several literary magazines. Almost Paradise is her first novel.
2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
State Library, First Floor Seminar Center
You Are Not Alone: How Family and Friends Can Help You through Trying Times
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Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Twelve-year-old Ruby Clyde Henderson’s life turns upside down the day her mother’s boyfriend holds up a convenience store, and her mother is wrongly jailed for assisting with the crime. Ruby and her pet pig, Bunny, find their way to her estranged Aunt Eleanor’s home. Aunt Eleanor is an ornery nun who lives in the midst of a peach orchard on Paradise Ranch. With a little patience, she and Ruby begin to get along―but Eleanor has secrets of her own, secrets that might mean more hard times for Ruby.
Ruby believes that she’s the only one who can find a way to help heal her loved ones, save her mother, and bring her family back together. But being in a family means that everyone has to work together to support each other, and being home doesn’t always mean going back to where you came from. Corabel Shofner’s Almost Paradise is a big-hearted novel about trust, belonging, and the struggles and joys of loving one another.
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