The Dandelion Garden

by Barbara McLain



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 5/9/2024

Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 194
ISBN : 9781665758086
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 194
ISBN : 9781665758062
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 194
ISBN : 9781665758079

About the Book

The year 1965 in Wakely, a small county seat in southeastern Kansas, is one filled with mystery, secrets, and discoveries. Eleven-year-old Becky Raines and her family have lived in this commuinty for three and a half years. A pastor’s family, she and her three siblings are expected to be good examples for other people.

As Becky experiences everyday life in a small town, other issues make their appearance, from the Shadow Woman who scurries the alleys at night, to Mrs. McAdoo who continues to take advice from her long-deceased husband, to the racial tension, the Vietnam War, and the space race of that year.

In The Dandelion Garden, a historical fiction novel, colorless, grainy television news reports transfer into the school yard, the sanctuary, and even into a little girl’s vision of a dandelion garden until shadows disappear and nothing seems black and white anymore.

About the Author

Barbara McLain grew up in Wichita, Kansas, during the 1960s alongside her three siblings. An ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, she pastored churches in many Kansas towns. McLain captured the attention of congregations and clergy peers when she wrapped her sermons around stories of a small, fictitious Kansas town. Retired, she teaches public speaking at the local high school. She and her husband, a retired physician, live with their dog in western Kansas.