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The Stone Necklace
A Novel

Carla Damron
Foreword by Patti Callahan Henry

A story of four intersecting lives and the events that transform them all

Clawing chest pains and a fiery car crash take one life and change the destiny of four others. The Stone Necklace braids together the stories of a grieving widow, a struggling nurse, a young mother, and a troubled homeless man, reminding us of the empowering and surprising ways our lives touch one another and how, together, we can recover from even the greatest of losses.

Carla Damron relates the stories of four people in Columbia, South Carolina, whose seemingly disparate existences intersect through tragedies realized and tragedies averted. Lena Hastings survived breast cancer and marital infidelity but now faces an uncertain future and crises with her teenaged daughter Becca without the support of the one person she has always counted on. Intensive care nurse Sandy Albright, newly released from drug rehab, confronts temptations from her past and false accusations threatening her career, leaving her to wonder if a drug-free life is really living. Tonya Ladson, a mother whose child is injured in the wreck, must decide if her domineering husband is right and a lawsuit will solve their financial problems. Joe Booker, a homeless man who sleeps in a graveyard, loses his gentle benefactor and must either succumb to the real and imagined evils of his world or find the heretofore-untapped courage to care for himself and for others as a stranger once cared for him. Weighted down by their respective pasts, the characters must make life-altering choices that reverberate in the fates of the others, ultimately bringing them together in unexpected but healing acts of compassion, forgiveness, and redemption.

The Stone Necklace includes a foreword from former nurse turned New York Times best-selling novelist Patti Callahan Henry.

South Carolinian Carla Damron is a fiction writer, clinical social worker, and author of the Caleb Knowles mystery novels Keeping Silent, Spider Blue, and Death in Zooville in which she explores addiction, homelessness, and other social issues. Her short stories have appeared in Fall Lines, Six Minute Magazine, Melusine, In Posse Review, and other journals. Named the 2014 South Carolina Social Worker of the Year, Damron holds an M.F.A. in creative writing from Queens University and a master's degree in social work from the University of South Carolina.

"In The Stone Necklace, Carla Damron takes full ownership of Columbia, South Carolina, in a way no writer ever has, capturing the flawed soul of the historic capital city as the weight of its past still hangs albatross-like on the throat of the present. Damron's masterful portrayal of misery giving way to empathy leads us toward a glimmering hope of redemption for families and a community on the cusp of bold rebirth. This is a novelist to be read again and again."—Pat Conroy

"The Stone Necklace is a celebration of the transformative power of shared experiences and of the connections that bind us as family and friends, as communities and cities, and ultimately as one humanity."—Mary Alice Monroe

"Eudora Welty said that one place understood helps us understand all places better. That's what Carla Damron has achieved in her portrait of Columbia: a nuanced understanding of one place that helps us to understand all others—and to understand ourselves."—Ron Rash

"A deftly written, moving novel about picking up the pieces after great loss."—Jenny Offill

"Carla Damron is a wise and sensitive storyteller, attuned to the social fabric that makes up community. This is a symphonic novel of human noise and nature, and I fully expect it to garner Damron the audience she deserves."—Ashley Warlick

 
 

 


 

FICTION | SOUTH CAROLINA
(2016)
6 x 9
288 pages
ISBN 978-1-61117-619-3
paperback, $19.99t
ISBN 978-1-61117-620-9
ebook, $19.99t
ISBN 978-1-61117-735-0
audio download, $17.99t
Story River Books
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AWARDS
2016 One Book, One Community Selection for Columbia and Richland County, SC
 
 

 
 
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