Reading and signing with Barbara Stuber, author of “Crossing the Tracks”
- Categories: Literary
- Event posted: Sept. 26, 2010
- Last updated: April 29, 2011
- Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- The Raven Bookstore, 6 E. Seventh St., Lawrence
- Cost: Free
- Age limit: All ages
Reading and signing with "Crossing the Tracks" author Barbara Stuber. About the book: At 15, Iris is a hobo of sorts — no home, no family, no plan. After her mother’s early death, Iris’s father focuses on big plans for his new shoe stores and his latest girlfriend, and has no time for his daughter. Unbeknown to her, he hires Iris out as housekeeper and companion for a country doctor’s elderly mother. Suddenly Iris is alone, stuck in gritty rural Missouri, too far from her only friend Leroy and too close to a tenant farmer Cecil Deets, who menaces the neighbors, and Iris suspects, his own daughter. Iris is buoyed by the warmth and understanding the doctor and his mother show her, but just as she starts to break out of her shell tragedy strikes. Iris must find the guts and cunning to take aim at the devil incarnate and discover if she is really as helpless, hopeless, and homeless, as she once believed. Barbara Stuber co-authored her first book with her friend, Barbara Coleman Unell — a “Diotionary” of nonsense words — in the fourth grade. Her early spelling challenges somewhat resolved, she now weaves those words into short stories and novels. When not writing, she is an art museum docent. Barbara lives in Kansas City with her family about two hours from the good people of Wellsford, Missouri. "Crossing the Tracks" is her first novel.