Sherry Clements
Nancy Brady
Wilma Daugherty
Neil D. Isaacs
Tom LeClair
Sherry Clements was born and raised in Arkansas. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Goddard College located in Plainfield, Vermont. Her job history ranges from waiting tables to being an adjunct college instructor. Today she lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, with her son, John, a mutt named Gracie, a cat named Mouse, and one recycled rabbit. A beautiful day in her life would have to include a bike ride along the Arkansas River. The Holdouts is her first novel.
Some girls grow up with Barbie dolls and E-Z Bake ovens, but not Martha. She has Scorpion Tail, Beelzebub, and the seven battles of the Apocalypse to deal with in addition to a mother who reads nightly from Fox’s Book of Martyrs.

Martha lives in working class Arkansas of the late sixties and early seventies. Her father is a proud and brutal man who can’t always get enough work to keep pinto beans on the table. Her mother, Pixie, in the most creative moment of her life, slips into her wedding dress, marches to the local storefront fundamentalist church and marries Jesus. The only redeeming thing about the church for Martha is that the middle Spoon daughter is also forced to attend, and she’s the toughest outlaw girl in town. Martha finds temporary respite through her friendship with Spoon and her strong, independent grandmother. Girlfriends, however, get boyfriends and grandmothers get old, but the holdouts survive.

An adult novel told in a child’s voice, readers will increasingly identify with Martha in her search for self. The story resonates with the universal struggle of growing up and finding a place in the world.
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