"Secrets and evil can't just be blurted out..." Riley Janes asserts in the opening pages of this dark and humorous tale about two teens who end up hurting each other while trying to free themselves from the twisted reality that asserts itself over Isle of Hope, a small Georgia town.
When Riley wakes up in the hospital, she can't speak. The doctor says it's due to the trauma of "the accident" and encourages her to write her thoughts down. Meanwhile, Billy Jack is also writing an account of what transpired. Haunting their steps is the troubling question: are there valid excuses for cruelty? As Riley and Billy Jack struggle to make sense of their lives, and battle the demons that have a stranglehold on their futures, hope seems to elude them at every turn-and yet they are both bound and determined to not be defeated.
An extraordinary piece of literature, Singing in the Corn gives voice to the taboo topics of sexual abuse and the traditional Southern views that prevent women from pursuing their dreams. After reading this debut novel from up-and-coming author Rebecca Helms, you'll be keenly anticipating whatever she writes next.
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About the Author
South Carolina native Rebecca Helms has been a lauded writer since sixth grade, when she won her first contest. She has since been published in the Christopher Newport University literary magazine, Currents, as well as in the poetry anthology, East of Sunrise. Helms holds a BA in English and an EdM, but though she taught high school English for a time, she came to realize that her true passion was to write for a living. Now she lives and works in Charleston, where she gives voice to the strong, gritty, and funny Southern woman through her poetry and fiction. Singing in the Corn is her first novel.