First Sentence Friday! CHAPTER TWENTY TWO

Wallis Ann has always watched over her older sister Laci, who is mute, yet musically gifted.  In today’s terms she would be classified as autistic.  Back in those days, the term idiot savant was used, which did not set well at all with Momma Stamper.  There is also a term known as “savant syndrome,” and I’ve always found those stories about the special abilities of individuals we’ve heard of, or maybe have seen on TV, fascinating and downright mysterious.  Here is a link to the ten most fascinating savants in the world.  I loved reading about each and every one of them.

Laci plays folk music; ballads taught to her out of hymn books, or the familial songs passed down through her family, recollected and reproduced simply by sight and sound.  While with the traveling show, she encounters classical music played by one of the carnival workers.  As you can imagine, someone like Laci joining the traveling show is a source of fascination, some of it good and bad.  There are always those who have no problems exploiting the innocent, and in this case, expanding Laci’s repertoire is only part of that exploitation.

Chapter Twenty Two

It come as no surprise Laci learned the song quick as she did.

Publishers Lunch BUZZ BOOK Fall/Winter 2017, and a SIBA (Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance) Trio Pick for 2018, THE ROAD TO BITTERSWEET releases December 26th, 2017.  

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