Joan King was raised on the family farm southwest of Guthrie, Oklahoma. Her parents, grandparents and two generations of aunts and uncles fed her stories—tales of love, hardships, history and a few secrets. During the summers, she worked with her parents in the fields, spending long days on a tractor driving round and round. To keep herself entertained, she told herself stories.
She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degree in music education from the University of Central Oklahoma and taught band in the Oklahoma public schools for fourteen years. In 1990, she moved to Florida with her husband.
She travels back to the farm several times a year and enjoys climbing on the tractor to brush-hog along the creek, all the while telling herself stories.
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Let the Dead Bury the Dead
by Joan King
A novel set in rural Oklahoma, near the end of World War II, seven-year-old Gracie prays for her father’s safe return from the Pacific. When Sergeant Timmons does return, he is not the medal-adorned hero of Gracie’s dreams. A prisoner for most for the war, Aaron is jumpy and easily angered; the town’s people whisper he is a broken man.
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