Books by Brad Barkley

JARS OF GLASS by Brad Barkley
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

With their institutionalized mother lost in a fog of visions and voices, Chloe and Shana find themselves living with a frayed, alcoholic father and a silent four-year-old who finds comfort in spoonfuls of sugar. Through alternating chapters related in soulful voices, readers hear from both sisters and experience two very different responses to familial disintegration. Chloe works to create normalcy, mothering her adopted brother Micah and clinging to fond memories: her mother's paintings, laughter and elaborate, oceanic fairy tales. She spends hours staring at jars of sea-glass, remembering her family's good times. Shana hides behind goth costumes and white makeup, sneaking out nightly to disconnect from the home she hates. Teens will relate both to Chloe's desire to ameliorate and to Shana's icy urge to distance herself from pain. When Social Services threatens to take Micah away and their father's neglected funeral business falters, their fragmented reality becomes impossible to ignore. Co-authors Barkley and Hepler offer a seamless, striking story that subtly depicts the girls' incremental growth and the healing they find in new friendships. (Fiction. 12 & up) Read full book review >
SCRAMBLED EGGS AT MIDNIGHT by Brad Barkley
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2006

Through Calliope (aka Cal) and Eliot's alternating, distinct and believable teen voices, Barkley and Hepler present a heartwarming glimpse into a summer romance. Before meeting, life for Cal and Eliot has been far from normal. For Cal, life has meant moving every few months when her mother gets the urge and for Eliot, life has centered on his evangelical father's Sonshine Valley Christian Camp. However, despite their different backgrounds and parents' wishes, Cal and Eliot share a summer of laughter and stolen romantic moments. At times, their relationship teeters toward sappiness, but is tempered by both teens' maturity and their growing independence from the lives carved for them by their parents. A satisfying read made richer by the better writing than that offered in most teen romances. (Fiction. YA)Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2004

"As pungent and acrid as burning rubber, managing against the odds to pull us into an unpleasant world of speechless despair."
Ten debut stories by novelist Barkley (Alison's Automotive Repair Manual, 2003, etc.), most portraying unhappy men and women working out their lives in the backwoods South. Read full book review >
ALISON’S AUTOMOTIVE REPAIR MANUAL by Brad Barkley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2003

"Well-crafted, warmly treated—and unforgivably meek."
A widow repairs an old car in order to mend her broken life. Read full book review >
MONEY, LOVE by Brad Barkley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2000

"A thoroughly captivating debut. First novels don't get much better than this."
This terrifically entertaining first novel by Barkley (stories: Circle View, not reviewed), set in North Carolina in the summer of 1975, resembles nothing so much as a PG-rated country cousin to Faulkner's wonderful picaresque The Reivers.Read full book review >