Delilah of Sunhats and Swans
Leaving behind a dark, uncertain past, a mystifying eighteen-year-old girl steps off a bus in a small, New England town and becomes a catalyst in the lives of others. Virginia Emmet, an older woman who gives Delilah room and board, Harold Reinman, a young man left with the mind of a child after years of abuse, but most strongly, Amos Harrison -- the first to accept her into their lives, finds that something about her quiet, uncanny wisdom and simple honesty pushes him to face truths he'd rather avoid.
But while together, they find friendship moving more toward family, as Amos unravels a long-standing sadness, Harold is coaxed out of his damaged solitude and Virginia works her way toward peace, Delilah's own past is catching up with her...
About Melissa Volker (Boston, Massachusetts Author)
Daughter of a playwright/novelist and a poet, Melissa Volker's debut literary novel, "Delilah of Sunhats and Swans" received a Five Star Review from Reader's Favorites and was praised by Alice Fulton, Guggenheim Fellow Poet, who said, "Delilah...is a charmer, a being blessed with a charisma as mysterious as it is luminous. You won't soon forget her." It was followed by a collection of short stories and a novella, a life undone. She is a member of The Straw Dog Writer's Guild and recently won Words and Brushes third Collaborative Competition with her short story, Truths, which can be found on their website.
"The Thirteenth Moon" was her first middle-grade, fantasy adventure novel and garnered her the description of "…a combination of C.S. Lewis and J.K. Rowling". The Sequel, "The A 'chiad" was released this fall. Volker also delved into the YA genre with a slipstream/soft scifi novel, "Anabelle Lost" and a magical realism novella, "HIDDEN".
Readers have described her writing as "beautiful, descriptive language", "lyrical, lilting and poignant", with "characters you connect with and care about".