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At the Breakers (Kentucky Voices)

At the Breakers (Kentucky Voices)

Current price: $19.95
Publication Date: April 5th, 2022
University Press of Kentucky


In her novel At The Breakers, Mary Ann Taylor-Hall presents Jo Sinclair, a longtime single mother of four children. Fleeing an abusive relationship after a shocking attack, Jo finds herself in Sea Cove, New Jersey, in front of The Breakers, a salty old hotel in the process of renovation. Impulsively, she negotiates a job painting the guest rooms and settles in with her youngest child, thirteen-year-old Nick. As each room is transformed under brush and roller, Jo finds a way to renovate herself, reclaiming a promising life derailed by pregnancy and a forced marriage at age fourteen.

At The Breakers is a deeply felt and beautifully written novel about forgiveness and reconciliation. In Jo's words, she is "trying to find the right way to live" as a long-suffering woman who is put through the fire and emerges with a chance at a full, rich life for herself and her children, if only she has the faith to take it.

About the Author

Mary Ann Taylor-Hall is a recipient of the Barnes & Noble "Discover Great New Writers" award and the author of How She Knows What She Knows About Yo-yos, which received Foreword Magazine's Book of the Year Award; and Come and Go, Molly Snow. She is the recipient of a PEN/Syndicated Fiction Award and has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Kentucky Arts Council.