Sign of Redemption
Fiction
5.5 x 8.5, 240 pp.
Pub Date: 06/04/2015
  paper
Price:        $18.95

978-1-68003-030-3

Published by Texas Review Press

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Sign of Redemption

Lisa Trow

Sign of Redemption tells the story of a Richie Harrison, an innocent CPA who lands behind bars in a Texas prison--the unwitting “wheelman” in an unexpected armed robbery. Harrison falls in love with Elizabeth McKenna, a lawyer there to help Harrison’s deaf friend, and thoughts of her--and the life he’s lost--begin to obsess him. He escapes, on horseback and across a raging river, and finds safety with a drug-dealing family while scheming to win his love. To woo her, Harrison drags McKenna on a destructive journey that transforms him into the criminal he never imagined he’d become.

From the book: When I first got sent down, I thought about escaping every day, and every day I thought of the bullet that would pierce my back and exit through my breastbone in a bloody spray. I thought of myself tumbling out of a dead run, my legs buckling, my face hitting the pavement. Maybe I’m just a coward if all it takes to make a coward is a vivid imagination. But I wasn’t here long before I found out what it sounded like when the blood left the body in gurgling rushes.

LISA TROW is a poet and fiction writer and a former journalist. She has a master’s degree in creative writing from Oklahoma State University and has served as adjunct faculty teaching creative writing in Texas prisons. Trow was an editor at the Austin American-Statesman and managing editor for the Huntsville Item. She lives in Austin, Texas, and has a daughter, Katie Renaud.

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