New in April 2016
The Shady Sisters

 

New in 2014
Acts of Balance

 

New Historical Novel:
    Queens Never
    Make Bargains

 

Mary
    Wollstonecraft
    Series
Discussion
    Questions for
    Midnight Fires

 

Walking into the Wild
Broken Strings

 

Nancy's Backstory

 

Ruth Willmarth
    Series

 

Nancy's Books:
Fiction
Mad Season
Harvest of Bones
Poison Apples
Stolen Honey
Fire and Ice
Mad Cow     Nightmare
The above 5 novels in print, and now
e-books, Belgrave House.
The Losing

 

Nancy's Books for Children:
The Pea Soup
    Poisonings

Agatha Award 2006
Best Children's/YA Novel
Down the Strings
The Great Circus
    Train Robbery

Agatha Finalist

 

Nonfiction
Make Your Own
    Change
Vermonters at
    their Craft

 

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How I Write
An Interview with
    Nancy
Another Interview
    with Nancy
Brief Bio For Busy Librarians (and other readers)
Contact Nancy

Nancy Means Wright

    CLOSE ENCOUNTERS

    The chipmunk dashes like a blown
    leaf across the road, his cheeks
    swollen with lunch (acorn
    or apple), his tail tipped high
    like a flag of truce—and just in time
    I brake. Be thankful! I shout
    over the shriek of tires but already
    he's burrowed into brush,
    leaves and pebbles scattering
    in his wake as if to cry alive! alive!

    A ski lift failed when I was a girl
    just after I'd shoved off onto the slope,
    and two broke their legs and one
    died. In Spain I missed a bus that over-
    turned on a mountain road—and was I
    grateful? Probably not,
    for I was young then, with all the time
    in the world for living. Now

    I'm older and I think of the loop
    of fate that brought me home to you.
    Like kids on their ten speed bikes
    (nohands, mom! nobrakes!) we two rush head-
    long into the thicket—safe
    for now—and grateful—while
    the grim reaper in his big black
    SUV comes burning round the curve.

by Nancy Means Wright                   

 

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