You have to go down a lot of steps to get to what’s left of the furnaces, so not many people come here. That’s why I use this place, but it got me thinking all the same. This was where it started, where – like the historical marker says – we made the steel that won the Civil War. Now it’s four ruined rock walls. This used to be the heart of the city, or maybe the lungs for the great bellows it had. Now it’s broken and useless. The city’s own black lung . . .
Read an excerpt from All Waiting Is Long by Barbara J. Taylor, along with a short statement from the author on writing the book.
Through July 31, get Sing in the Morning, Cry at Night by Barbara J. Taylor for only 99¢ wherever e-books are sold!
The teenage boys sat low on a curb behind the loading docks, employee parking, and emergency exits of the East Towne Mall, Lancaster County’s finest local shopping center . . .
I was at the Elks. Cabrera struck out looking. Then the Bookie called me . . .
I was running a dust cloth across the top of the glass display case housing my most prized first editions—Hammett’s The Dain Curse and Christie’s Perilat End House among them—when the bell above the door jingled and a middle-aged man stepped into my used bookshop in Philadelphia’s Spring Garden neighborhood. His cashmere trench coat made me hopeful for a big sale, but the ratty Yankees cap and knockoff sunglasses he didn’t remove gave me pause . . .
Sing in the Morning, Cry at Night—the latest release in Akashic’s Kaylie Jones Books imprint, and one of Publishers Weekly‘s Best Summer Books of 2014—has sold one thousand e-books in just one week. We’re thrilled for debut novelist Barbara J. Taylor’s success!
To celebrate the release of her debut novel Sing in the Morning, Cry at Night — the latest release in Akashic’s Kaylie Jones Books imprint, and one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Summer Books of 2014 — we’re pleased to feature a guest post from author Barbara J. Taylor, who shares a bit of her family history and describes the incident that inspired the events of her novel.