Friday, January 18, 2019

What is Jessica Barry reading?

Featured at Writers Read: Jessica Barry, author of Freefall: A Novel.

Her entry begins:
I’m just finishing Beth Macy’s terrific in-depth exploration of the opioid epidemic, Dopesick. I hadn’t read anything by her before but listened to her being interviewed on the Longform podcast and immediately added it to my to-be-read pile. The author was a journalist at the Roanoke Times for many years and uses her experience and community connections to delve into the crisis by focussing on the personal stories of those who have been affected by it. I haven’t lived in America for the past 15 years, during which the epidemic has exploded, and while I’ve been aware of it for several years it was both fascinating and horrifying to...[read on]
About Freefall, from the publisher:
When your life is a lie, the truth can kill you

When her fiancé’s private plane crashes in the Colorado Rockies, Allison Carpenter miraculously survives. But the fight for her life is just beginning. Allison has been living with a terrible secret, a shocking truth that powerful men will kill to keep buried. If they know she’s alive, they will come for her. She must make it home.

In the small community of Owl Creek, Maine, Maggie Carpenter learns that her only child is presumed dead. But authorities have not recovered her body—giving Maggie a shred of hope. She, too, harbors a shameful secret: she hasn’t communicated with her daughter in two years, since a family tragedy drove Allison away. Maggie doesn’t know anything about her daughter’s life now—not even that she was engaged to wealthy pharmaceutical CEO Ben Gardner, or why she was on a private plane.

As Allison struggles across the treacherous mountain wilderness, Maggie embarks on a desperate search for answers. Immersing herself in Allison’s life, she discovers a sleek socialite hiding dark secrets. What was Allison running from—and can Maggie uncover the truth in time to save her?

Told from the perspectives of a mother and daughter separated by distance but united by an unbreakable bond, Freefall is a riveting debut novel about two tenacious women overcoming unimaginable obstacles to protect themselves and those they love.
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--Marshal Zeringue