Native author Marylin Hayes-Martin returns to Arkansas from California with a completed novel about the life and times of northern Faulkner County from a female’s perspective.
“Common Thread — Uncommon Women” is the author’s retelling of “shocking tragedies and hardships endured” by four generations of women in her family.
Hayes-Martin, born Marylin Leach, was raised on Beckett Mountain, part of a community just north of Mount Vernon.
She is in Faulkner County from California, where she moved as a teen, for a book signing at the Faulkner County Library in Conway Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hayes-Martin will be at the Mount Vernon Library from 2-4 p.m. Friday.
The book will be available for purchase at that time and can be found online at Amazon.com.
A number of the author’s short stories were published in the White County, Arkansas Historical Society publication and more recently in “Second Saturday,” a literary anthology published by Ladybug Press.
She is the co-founder and facilitator of the Sonora Writers Group.
“I grew up at the foot of the Ozarks in Arkansas. My playhouse was the woods behind our house. Snakes and panthers there taught me fear. Gentleness of my mother’s arms taught me love.
Financially, my parents were impoverished; however, we were privileged in many ways. I remember the smell of clean air, lowering the wooden bucket into the well, and pulling up pure water. There were few cars on Beckett Mountain, therefore no exhaust fumes or factory pollution. Without any modern conveniences, my mother, Thedis, prepared all our meals on a wood burning stove, and washed our clothes in an iron pot over an open fire.
Shortly before my Aunt Jewell passed on, she came to me with a box. Handing it to me, she said, “Honey, this is our genealogy. I’m not long for this world so I’m passing the torch to you.” I feel she knew someday I would tell their story.
The women in my novel married hardworking men, bore children, and suffered the tragic loss of both. Through all their anguish, they emerged strong, and steadfast.
I’m humbled to have their blood flowing though my veins.”
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