Three generations of women. A devastating connection. Can they endure their personal tragedies?
North Carolina, 1893. Thirteen-year-old Maggie Winters lives with daily danger. As the daughter of a former slave, her secret quest for education can’t protect her for long. When vicious racists bent on teaching blacks their place attack her home, Maggie’s innocence dies, but she barely survives…
Nearly 60 years later, a frightened mother calls on Maggie to perform an exorcism on a girl who talks to spirits. As she prepares to help, Maggie discovers a family secret that resonates with her own painful past.
When more skeletons come to light, she must re-open the wounds of the past to heal the mother, the daughter… and herself.
School of Hard Knocks is a poignant work of historical fiction. If you like sweeping sagas, politically-charged stories, and women overcoming adversity, then you’ll love Theresa Crater’s inspiring novel.
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Best-selling author Theresa Crater brings ancient temples, lost civilizations, and secret societies back to life in her visionary fiction. Her novels include The Power Places series, Under the Stone Paw, Beneath the Hallowed Hill and Return of the Grail King. The new spin-off Mystic Assassin series begins with Assassin Awakens.
Stand-alone novels are School of Hard Knocks, The Star Family and God in a Box. Her short stories explore ancient myth brought into the present day.
The Star Family won best fiction in the Indie Spirit Book Awards in 2015 and Return of the Grail King best visionary fiction from the Coalition of Visionary Resources.
Theresa grew up in the middle of the civil rights movement, an experience which taught her that anything is possible. She studied English as an undergraduate at UNC-G, the school where you can throw a rock and hit at least two writers. Then, she studied Vedic philosophy and taught meditation until she ran out of money.
Graduate school in Seattle lead to her first job at the Evergreen State College, the alternative school that had the distinction of being slated for closure by state senators every four years until it gained an international reputation. Besides writing, she also teaches creative writing, British literature, and does free-lance editing.
She lives in Colorado with her Egyptologist partner, who writes and leads tours to Egypt, and their feline overlords. She’s been to Egypt four times so far, and also traveled in Central and South America, Cambodia, and Europe.