Tess Banion


Tess Banion became a storyteller at the age of two. It took her many more years to test her writing skills for real. She grew up in a nice size Catholic family with three brothers and a sister. Her first novel is based on truths, half-truths, and flat-out lies. 
She has raised two children and helped sustain a marriage of 37 years. She’s gone to school (got a couple of Masters), worked in politics, changed careers and found her calling. This is her first novel but not her last. She lives in Lawrence, Kansas. 

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A Parting Glass - a novel, book trailer
Meet Elizabeth. She’s unruly—the kind of child you’d find playing in a train yard, or climbing trees. She has a secret place where she stashes found objects and hides from scary monsters. An eleven-year-old with uneven bangs and a grand imagination, Elizabeth sees the world as she needs it to be—a proper skill to have when born into a family cursed with hard realities. She hopes to reach the age of twelve and leave Catholic school and her nemesis Sister Mary Paul behind.


A Parting Glass
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 84,060. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2018 by Anamcara Press LLC. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
“One of those rare novels that will linger in the mind and memory of the reader long after the book itself has been finished and set back upon the shelf.” ~ James A Cox, The Midwest Book Review Elizabeth O’Sullivan is an eleven-year-old girl with uneven bangs and a rich imagination. She fights monsters, real and imagined, in a small Kansas town in the 1950’s. A tale of resilience.

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