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The Gospel According to Prissy

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Three Army veteran misfits, a college dropout, an unmotivated high school graduate accused of murder, a controversial warden of a women’s prison, and a little girl with the gift of prophesy...
Thirty-one-year-old Lara Kruger struggles to regain her confidence and independence after suffering a miscarriage caused by her abusive husband and losing her position as vice president of development at the local college when lack of funding forces it to close. When her best friend’s teenage daughter, Beth, is accused of murdering Burt Sheridan, a security guard for Schlage Lock Company, Lara does everything she can to prove her innocence. In trying to help Beth, Lara becomes friends with fifty-nine-year-old Miriam Temple, the controversial warden of a women’s prison, and a little girl, Prissy, who lives at the prison and is the joy of everyone there. Prissy, the daughter of Tanya Tilden, one of the prison inmates, possesses an unexplained gift – the gift of prophesy. When Tanya dies of AIDS, Lara discovers that Tanya’s sister, Darnell, one of Beth’s high school classmates, is the one who killed the security guard – someone Tanya had worked with before being sent to prison – when he refused her request for money to help with Prissy. Lara promises Darnell she will do everything she can to help her and Prissy, who now has to go live with her only living relative – an elderly grandmother. Once Beth is released, Lara attempts to redefine her own life without the constant threat of her former husband, Jake, who has already remarried. She invites three military veterans who are suffering from the lingering effects of the Vietnam War, a black former star athlete who is a college dropout, and Beth to form a cleaning service. Just as their business is getting organized, Jake is arrested for physically abusing his new wife; and Social Services, at Darnell’s request, asks Lara to adopt Prissy. The “Maids of Honor,” as they call themselves, quickly adjust to Prissy and her unusual prophesies that are a mixture of Bible scripture and fairy tales. Prissy lessens the pain that Lara feels with the loss of her own child, and Lara, aware of how much Prissy means to Miriam Temple and the inmates at the prison, includes frequent visits to the prison in Prissy’s routine. When Darnell realizes she, too, is dying of AIDS, she reveals to Lara the reason she went to Burt Sheridan for money in the first place – he was Prissy’s father – and she makes one last request: that Lara tell Prissy who her father was when she is old enough to understand. With the Maids doing well, Lara decides to accept a job offer from Miriam, working with the inmates on a community work-intern program. And gradually, with the help of her friends – Miriam Temple and the Maids – Lara is able to keep her promise to Darnell and realize the joy of being a loving mother. About the Author Barbara Casey is the author of several award-winning novels and numerous articles, poems, and short stories.  In addition to her own writing, she is an editorial consultant and president of the Barbara Casey Agency, established in 1995, representing authors throughout the United States, Great Britain, Canada, and Japan. In 2014 Barbara became partner in Strategic Media Books Publishing, an independent publishing house that specializes in nonfiction and cutting-edge fiction. What People Are Saying From concern and fear for the protagonist and the mystery surrounding characters' motives, to delight in the wise words of a young child, Barbara Casey’s latest book, The Gospel According to Prissy, will permeate the inner voice of every reader .… During and after the tensions of the tale, in the end, this book will touch your heart. ~Patricia Daly-Lipe – Author,  A Cruel Calm; Past President of the National League of American Pen Women-La Jolla Branch and Washington, DC Branch The Gospel According to Prissy takes the reader on a trip through a time and place where a child, born and raised in a prison, has the ability to change people and their environments. A child prophet, Prissy makes the bad in the world go away…and one small rural North Carolina town is made right by Prissy, Santa, the Easter Bunny and other characters in the child’s mind. An entertaining and thoughtful read. ~Jake George – Author, Grandfather’s Song, A New Dawn Barbara Casey has assembled an engaging ensemble cast of characters.  I got to know them as friends and couldn't turn the pages fast enough as their lives became inextricably intertwined amidst life's challenges and choices. ~John DeDakis – Author, Fast Track, Bluff; CNN Senior Copy Editor ("The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer") Barbara Casey grips the reader from the very first pages of The Gospel According to Prissy and doesn’t let go. The inside look at a women’s prison is riveting and the stories of so many—inside and those going in—put real faces on offenders that are usually no more than statistics. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll sit on the edge of your seat through this compelling novel. ~p m terrell Author, River Passage, Vicki’s Key; Co-Founder of Book ‘Em Foundation 
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