"Sara isn't a quitter. She does what is necessary to survive, and the reader goes on this incredible journey with her...You'll cheer her on as she tells you her compelling story." The Midwest Book Review
A single mother fights poverty. She believes she can win.
Sara has worked her entire life to overcome the name Barefield. To be a Barefield in the rural Appalchian town where she grew up means that you are the poorest of the poor, that you are shiftless and untrustworthy, lazy and stupid. Sara has succeeded in proving that she is none of those things. At the age of forty she has a nice apartment and a good job as a school secretary.
When she discovers that she's pregnant, Sara is thrilled. She wants this baby more than she has ever wanted anything. But Tully Rutland, the father of her baby and the only man Sara has ever loved, dies before she tells him that she's pregnant. The Rutlands have never approved of Sara. She feels that her only choice is to move away so she can make a new life for herself and her baby.
Sara has only five hundred dollars in savings and no means of support after the baby is born. She knows she will have to go on welfare, but she escaped poverty once and is sure she can do it again.
But the poverty Sara plunges into after she gives birth is beyond anything she had expected. Facing eviction and the possibility of living on the street, Sara fights for a way out of the situation she finds herself in.
Fans of Jodi Picoult's books will enjoy Sara Barefield.
"Ms. Schwartz is a powerhouse writer. She has painstakingly crafted a beautiful, thoughtful tale with unimaginable depth… This book is a jewel, one that will stay with the reader long after the final page." InD'tale Magazine