Marian D Schwartz Sara Barefield

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Sara Barefield

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Sara wants this baby more than she has ever wanted anything.

Sara has worked her entire life to overcome the name Barefield. To be a Barefield in the rural Virginia county where she grew up means that you are the poorest of the poor, that you are shiftless and untrustworthy, lazy and stupid. Sara has succeeded in proving that she is none of those things. At the age of forty she has a nice apartment, a decent car, and a good job as a school secretary.

Tully Rutland, the father of Sara's baby, dies before she tells him that she's pregnant. The Rutlands have never approved of Sara, and she knows they will do whatever they can to interfere with the raising of the child now that he is gone. She feels that her only choice is to move away so she can make a new life for herself and her baby beyond the reach of the Rutlands.

Sara has practically no savings and no one to support her. She knows she will have to go on welfare, but she escaped poverty once and believes she can do it again. After a lifetime of taking pride in her honesty, she has to lie when she fills out forms for aid, and she risks going to jail to get food. But no matter how difficult her life becomes, she doesn't give up. Sara fights her way out of poverty, a journey that leads her to success beyond anything she had dreamed possible.

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Sara Barefield is so real to the people who have read her story that I have been asked if I was a social worker or if I knew a single mother like Sara. I got the idea for the novel while working as a volunteer in a women's center. A single woman came in for a counseling session who wanted to go to college to study art history. When I told her that I didn't know of any aid she could receive other than a Pell grant, she became upset. She wanted to know why welfare mothers could get help to go to college and she couldn't. She'd seen articles about these women in the newspaper. Unfortunately, I had nothing more to offer her unless she took out large student loans that she couldn't afford.
 
Then I started thinking: If welfare was as wonderful as she seemed to believe it was, why wasn't everyone on it? That's when I started my research. After I explained my reason for wanting to attend, women on welfare who were in a support group at a local community college allowed me to sit in on their meetings. None of the women in the group were pregnant or Sara's age. After two months of attending their weekly sessions, I made an appointment with a caseworker. At that point I had the idea for Sara's story--a forty-year-old pregnant woman who had meager savings and was utterly alone--but I wasn't sure I wanted to write it. The subject didn't seem compelling.
 
The treatment I received during the first ten minutes I spent in the reception area of my local county social services office made writing the novel imperative. You can read about what happened to me by going to mariandschwartz.com and clicking on Blog. There you will find "How I Came to Write SARA BAREFIELD."

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Tully was the center of my world. He was my lover and my oldest and best friend. His death made a gaping hole in my life that left me dizzy, weak, and frightened. After the funeral I had no desire to do anything except stay in my bedroom with the shades drawn, huddled under the covers with my grief; however, circumstances didn't give me that option. The shock of Mrs. Rutland's treatment of me made it clear that I would have to leave Owings. I knew without question that the woman would make every day of my life miserable once the baby was born. Even if the baby didn't have the name Rutland, the infant would be all that remained of Tully on this earth, and Mrs. Rutland would lay claim to it, attaching herself and interfering in any way that she could.

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