May 2021: Truth Like Oil
By CONNIE BIEWALD
" Where does one person’s story end and another’s begin, especially the story of a mother and child, child and mother?” In Connie Biewald's moving, bighearted novel, a single mother and her two sons grapple with their identities and the hidden truths that frame her past and their beginnings. TRUTH LIKE OIL engrosses and entrances - we love these characters in all their frailties and failures because their depiction is so real. We know these people, believe in them, and are rooting for them. I love this book."
" Heartfelt and grounded, TRUTH LIKE OIL glows with authenticity and experience--what a pleasure."
3 Novels by Connie
Bread and Salt, Roses Take Practice and Digging to Indochina comprise the loosely connected Rivertown Trilogy, rich with overlapping characters and the struggle and redemption of being human.
Digging to Indochina
Seventeen-year-old Ivy MacKenzie is consumed by bitterness over the tragic death of her Vietnam veteran father. Desperate to break free of a family that doesn’t understand her and a small town that suffocates her, Ivy runs away with Gil Thompson a stranger who shows her a passion she’s never known and a violent danger she never saw coming.
Connie Biewald has been writing stories in an effort to explore human relationships since she was five years old. She has been a teacher for more than 40 years, sharing her love of reading and writing with homeschoolers and hundreds of students in public and private schools in the US and Haiti. For the past thirty-five years she has been both a librarian and a Growth Education resource person at the Fayerweather Street School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In her Growth Ed role, Connie works with children, parents and other teachers exploring the essential topics of human development-self esteem, the use and misuse of power, altruism and community service, sexuality, appreciation and understanding of differences. This work is reflected in her writing. She is the grateful recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council artist grant, a PEN New England Discovery Award and numerous residencies.