by Robert Goble
(2010, Parables $14.95 ISBN 978-1-4276-4685-9 Paper 288 pp)
$14.95 paper; $3.99 ebook
Across a Harvested Field just won the coveted Marilyn Brown award for "Best Novel by a New Author".
To Jordan Fairchild, the dark-haired girl renting his basement apartment seems somewhat quiet and reclusive. Just a business arrangement, he thinks, as he watches her sign the name “Nattie Hand” on the contract. Though two thousand miles away, Celeste Betancourt, an attractive Georgetown graduate student he met through a mutual friend, has captured his attention. A budding friendship with Nattie soon begins to bloom. Little does Jordan know his girl-next-door renter is none other than the world-famous pop star, a.k.a. Natalia Antonali, who recently disappeared from the public eye; little does he know how much his friendship will come to mean to her, how, for the first time a love begins to grow, untainted by “Natalia,” and how she hopes Jordan never discovers the truth.
“The writing here is fit and trim, and the characters reveal themselves comfortably, the way friends do.”
—Jack Harrell, author of Vernal Promises and editor of Irreantum magazine