Girl: A Novel

Thought provoking coming-of-age novel. Recently orphaned, fourteen year-old Loren Creek is caught in the crossfire of a legal system that would control her future, and a foster care system that lays claim to her daily life.
"Girl is a heart-warming tale that will have you rooting for Loren as she tries to find her place in the world." – Steve Cushman, author of Heart with Joy

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About Bart Bare

Bart Bare brings a perspective both broad and deep to the written page. As a child of mid-western factory workers, he experienced the passions and pleasure of an extended Italian family as well as the rich ethnicity of first and second generation immigrant neighbors. His early years were with people who desperately wanted to become part of the greater America. Bart's mother was first generation Italian, and his father the son of Appalachian German ancestors who came to American in the early 1700s. Bart's paternal grandmother was of American Indian heritage.

His mother's second marriage brought Bart Bare to a small, semi-rural community in Florida, where he quickly adapted to the culture and environment of what was once a tropical paradise. He finished high school with a close-knit group of friends, and attended college in a number of Florida institutions of higher learning as he moved around the state and the south. He completed degrees in psychology from the University of South Florida, and Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.

Before completing his college degrees, Bart worked as a shrimper, salesman, bulldozer operator, landscaper, and in community organization. He also served three years as a paratrooper in North Carolina, and in Germany where he picked up another language. Bart retired as a college educator after twenty-seven years, and elected to follow an ancient Chinese adage which holds that the retiree, rather than stop working, must take on a completely new life: New profession, new friends, activities, and orientation. Writing is Bart's second life work which he does in his home at Blue Moon Gap on the Eastern Slopes of Grandfather Mountain just west of Blowing Rock, North Carolina. Bart, recently widowed, enjoys the wooded mountain vista and fields teeming with wildlife. His hobbies are bee-keeping, reading, and walking mountain paths. Bart Bare’s first novel, Satan’s Bargain, was first published in 2007. His second, Girl: A Novel, was released May 1, 2010 and his third novel, Wadmalaw: A Ghost Story is forthcoming March 2011.

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