Lizzy Baby by Sarah P. Blanchard
Sensitive and quiet, the daughter of a conventional rural family that values faith and obedience, ten-year-old Liz Walters longs for a clear path through puberty to adulthood. She especially admires what her best friend Stefanie has: confidence, knowledge about the mysteries of sex and life in general; warm, supportive parents who provide guidance; and even a beautiful pony.When Liz's parents decide that she is ready for a "facts of life" lesson, she watches her heifer being bred—an experience that teaches her plenty about the brute realities of farm life, but very little about human sexuality. After a family member assaults her, Liz must make a terrible choice: Must she remain silent, or can she find a voice? Who will believe her, and whom can she trust?
Sarah Blanchard’s fiction has been published in Sixfold, The Write Launch, Dreamers, and more. She won an American PEN Women’s fiction award and a 2019 Writers' Workshop of Asheville fiction award. She was also a semi-finalist for the 2020 Doris Betts Fiction Award. Her poetry has appeared in Calyx, Welter, Poetry, Sixfold, and The Planetary Report. Her novella, Lizzy Baby, is available as an e-book and paperback on Amazon. She holds a BA in English literature and an MBA in marketing, and you can find her at www.sarahpblanchard.com.