School of Hard Knocks by Louise Ryder




Three generations of women. A devastating connection. Can they endure their personal tragedies?

North Carolina, 1893. Thirteen-year-old Maggie Winters lives with daily danger. As the daughter of a former slave, her secret quest for education can’t protect her for long. When vicious racists bent on teaching blacks their place attack her home, Maggie’s innocence dies, but she barely survives.

Nearly 60 years later, a frightened mother calls on Maggie to perform an exorcism on a girl who talks to spirits. As she prepares to help, Maggie discovers a family secret that resonates with her own painful past.

When more skeletons come to light, she must re-open the wounds of the past to heal the mother, the daughter… and herself.

School of Hard Knocks is a poignant work of historical fiction. If you like sweeping sagas, politically-charged stories, and women overcoming adversity, then you’ll love Theresa Crater’s inspiring novel.

  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 278 pages
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0997141344

About the Author:  Born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Theresa Crater grew up in the middle of the civil rights movement, an experience that left her believing anything is possible. At the age of seven, Theresa Crater announced to her parents she was going to be a writer. They promptly told her no one could make a living doing that. But like most kids, she didn’t listen. Now a best-selling author, Theresa brings ancient temples, lost civilizations, and secret societies back to life in her visionary fiction. Her novels include The Power Places series, Under the Stone Paw and Beneath the Hallowed Hill, School of Hard Knocks, The Star Family and God in a Box. Her short stories explore ancient myth brought into the present day. The Star Family won best fiction in the Indie Spirit Book Awards in 2015. She blogs here, and is a member of the Visionary Fiction Alliance, Sisters in Crime, and the Independent Authors Network. She also teaches creative writing, British literature, and does free-lance editing. She lives in Colorado with her Egyptologist partner, who writes and leads tours to Egypt, and their feline overlords. She’s been to Egypt four times so far, and also traveled in Central and South America and Europe.

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Weight 17 oz