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The Lilac Bush Is Blooming
The Lilac Bush Is Blooming

The Lilac Bush Is Blooming



346 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: EPUB, Mobipocket, Trade Paper, Cloth

Trade Paper, $14.95 (US $14.95) (CA $19.95)

Publication Date: August 2016

ISBN 9780997652109

Rights: US & CA

Sandalwood Press (Aug 2016)


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Quirky, freckle-faced Annie May Parker, who believes in omens and spirits, is coming of age in the 1950s in central New York farm country, the middle sibling between a boy-crazy older sister and a lovable little brother in a family headed by a hard-working traditional widowed mother. Annie May discovers a trove of dusty journals in the attic of the family farm house that hold stories of the courage and deeds of daring of a diverse set of family ancestors whose spirits she is certain are watching over her.  Determined to make them proud she sets out to make her mark in the world. Just as she is about to begin a coveted teaching job a letter and photo arrive at the Parker household which forces Annie to choose between rescuing her family's ancestral heritage, an act that would take her half-way around the world to life she never would have imagined, or her budding career. In making that choice she is also forced to come to terms with a long-held love she never dared to admit. Beautifully written, with ancestral tales charmingly intertwined throughout the major plot, The Lilac Bush is Blooming plumbs our deepest emotions and leaves us with memories of a farm family connected not only to their land and their heritage but most especially to each other.


Impressive . . . insightful . . . heartwarming."  —The US Review of Books

"With her lucid writer's vision Surasky paints a heroine making a new modern life for herself."  —Pacific Book Review

"All the downhome charm and appeal of beloved Americana classics . . . a beautiful coming-of-age story . . . filled with likable characters that leave us with memories of joy, sorrow and love."  —Hollywood Book Reviews

Donation of both hard cover and paperback copies of The Lilac Bush is Blooming to local and regional libraries. —Library Donation Program, Sandalwood Press

Online marketing flyer campaign, advertising The Lilac Bush is Blooming, sent to bookstores throughout the United States. —Bookstore Flyer Campaign, Sandalwood Press

Print advertisement for The Lilac Bush is Blooming featured in Active Over 50 magazine. ActiveOver50 media produces the #1 boomer and senior publication in the San Francisco Bay with over 200,000 readers in print and online. —Print Advertisement, Active Over 50

Flyer featuring The Lilac Bush is Blooming sent to public libraries nationally. —Library Flyer Program  

Donation of copies of The Lilac Bush is Blooming to local and regional libraries. Stimulated discussion with patrons and librarians about the book, generating 100% interest and positive feedback along with constant and active circulation of the book. —Library Donation Program

Author Biography

Jan Surasky is a former writer for a San Francisco daily newspaper. Her many articles and short stories have been published in national and regional magazines and newspapers. Her award-winning novels include Rage Against the Dying Light, Back to Jerusalem, and The Lilac Bush is Blooming. She lives in upstate New York.