For Belle, the journey is everything.
Set in late 1998, The Girl from Galax is about Belle Mackey, a 30-year-old, fiddle-playing waitress in Galax, Virginia who’s at a crossroads: she still feels guilty over her role in the tragic accident that killed her mother 13 years earlier, and her husband Len’s recent layoff & subsequent depression has her reassessing her life choices. When Belle joins a jam session with her friends at Galax’s world-renowned Fiddler’s Convention, a producer from Los Angeles hears her fiddling and offers her work as a session musician for the movies. Len refuses to leave their hometown, but Belle opts to take a chance and hits the road in her Toyota, leaving her southwest Virginia hometown in the rear-view mirror. But her grief and all that comes with it refuses to be left behind.
From the Blue Ridge Mountains to Venice Beach, Belle navigates new territory – and several misadventures – with an eclectic cast of characters by her side, each one showing her that the journey to healing her heart is well worth the trip.
About the Author
Corinne Litchfield is a writer of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Her flash fiction story “The Last Drop” won First Prize in the 2012 California Writers Club of Sacramento Short Short Fiction Contest. Corinne’s poetry has been published in several anthologies, including Late Peaches and Sacramento Voices. After nearly 20 years in California, she returned to her home state of Maryland in late 2016. This is her first novel.