NC Literary Hall of Fame



Family Weave by Lee Sowder

Torchflame Books
$14.99, paperback / $6.99, e-book
ISBN: 978-1-61153-407-8
January, 2021
Fiction: Southern
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Sowder's novel leads the reader into the depths of her own heart, inviting her to see if the love she finds there will stand the test of time.

An intertwining tale of love, laughter, heartbreak, and the roots of strong Southern women.

Family Weave's richly voiced characters tell of ordinary lives with extraordinary humor and tragedy, weaving us in and out of family history, showing us how not only to survive, but how to celebrate life.

Pauline Smith, a retired insurance processor, is comfortable in her habits and her home. She is a born worrier with strong opinions and believes in family taking care of family. When her mother is injured in a fall, Pauline and her sister Perk must move Mama from their childhood home in Roanoke, Virginia to an assisted living complex in Richmond, where they live. As Pauline is confronted with her mother's frail health, she struggles to confront her own fear of death and the grief she has harbored since childhood when her father died.

Lee Sowder grew up in Roanoke, Virginia and writes with a love for her Blue Ridge Mountain roots. She graduated college with a degree in Sociology from James Madison University and spent the majority of her twenties travelling between Maine and Texas. At one point, her uncle asked her when she was comimg out of retirement. Lee spent the next thirty years in Richmond, Virginia, where she still lives, attending writing workshops while sampling careers from youth counselor to realtor ro IT project manager. She is currently retired and working on her second novel.

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