Two young mothers in Texas, separated by nearly one hundred years, are at the turning point of their lives.
Bridget has recently given up her career as an attorney to raise her daughter, becoming another stay-at-home mother in the suburbs. But something is missing for her, and now, a terrifying presence has entered her home, a presence that no one else can feel.
On a farm in 1902, a young city bride named Rebecca weds a farmer. Their marriage bed becomes both crucible and anvil as Rebecca first allows, then negates, the powerful erotic connection between them. She turns her back on John to give all her love to their child. Much will occur in their house, none of it good. The two stories interweave, and each woman arrives at an ordeal of her own making. What will they sacrifice to save their families? What will they sacrifice to save themselves?
Siobhan Adcock’s short fiction has appeared in several literary magazines, and she has worked as a writer and editor for Epicurious, Gourmet.com, and iVillage.com. She received her MFA in fiction from Cornell University. The Barter is her first novel.
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