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Sharon Oard Warner

Sharon Oard Warner is the author of Learning to Dance and Other Stories and the novel Deep in the Heart. She is also the editor of The Way We Write Now: Short Stories from the AIDS Crisis. A professor of English at the University of New Mexico, Warner is the founder and director of the Taos Summer Writers’ Conference.

Sophie's House of Cards

Sophie's House of Cards

"When sixteen-year-old Sophie Granger suspects she is pregnant, she digs out her mother Peggy’s tarot cards. Peggy hasn’t read fortunes since her hippie days in Taos, but as soon as she flips the cards, Peggy sees both her daughter’s predicament and the family crisis that will ensue. A panicked Peggy scatters the layout and rushes from the room, leaving Sophie to construct a literal house of cards. Set in New Mexico, this engrossing family novel raises questions about the role that fortune plays in our lives."

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Deep in the Heart

Deep in the Heart

"In a bustling Texas city, Hannah Solace and Penny Reed live in separate worlds. Thirty-nine-year-old Hannah works in a crowded public school and retreats to the false calm of her distant marriage. Penny, young and naïve, centers her life around a fledgling business and her church.

But both women are grappling with doubts -- about the men they love or don't, about their families and their pasts -- until a controversy erupts around them. For the first time in her life, Hannah is pregnant -- with a child only her husband wants to have.

At a local clinic on the edge of town, amid the chaos and the fury, both women will come face-to-face: This single stroke of fate will have profound reverberations, forcing each of them to reevaluate everything they have come to believe about love, motherhood, and family.

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The Way We Write Now: Short Stories from the AIDS Crisis

The Way We Write Now - Short Stories from the AIDS Crisis

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