Anxiety has become the only thing Abigail Hartley can count on. Jobless, dreamless, loveless and stuck living with her parents—this isn’t the 22 she had in mind.
But when tragic news rattles the Hartley household and years of secrecy begin to surface, Abigail can no longer hide behind her fears. She joins forces with her sarcastic, pre-teen sister and heads to the only place that might have the answers she’s looking for. One month in Georgia is all it takes to change everything Abigail knows about, well, everything.
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Sabrina Falk is a Canadian Writer from Southern Manitoba. She received an English Language Arts scholarship at NCI in her graduating year. She is also the co-creator of Matt Falk’s Awful Podcast and played Melissa in the World Vision tour of POOF across Manitoba. She loves traveling all over the world with her family, but Southern Manitoba has always been her home.
Not Far from the Peach Tree is Sabrina Falk’s debut novel.
What books did you read as a child that inspired you to write?
There are two books that come to mind, but for two completely different reasons.
The first is Holes by Louis Sachar. I discovered it around grade four, so I was probably about 9 or 10. This was the book that sparked a love of reading in me. It was the first time that I couldn’t put a book down and actually craved to read instead of watching TV. I just remember the adventure coming alive—I couldn’t get enough. I’m pretty sure it was the following year (grade five) that my English teacher announced we’d be reading Holes as a class and I was completely giddy. I couldn’t wait for my class to experience it.
The second is Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt. This was the book that made me realize books could be beautiful. I’ll never forget the line “…it was as if they had slipped in under a giant colander. The late sun’s brilliance could penetrate only in scattered glimmers, and everything was silent and untouched…” it actually made me look at the world differently. I noticed things in greater detail that I just overlooked before.
Even though I enjoyed these books for totally different reasons, they both inspired an imaginative outlook on writing. Writing became a place where I could venture into any world with any characters I chose. It became a place where I could say silly things, important things and pretty things. And it’s still a place where the child in me lives on through story-telling.
It’s amazing what a good book (or two) can do!
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