a novel


"Full of mystery, tension, and the very real and often turbulent history of rural South Carolina, Lightningstruck is an engrossing and enchanting story."

     Tim O’Brien, National Book Award Winner and author of The Things They Carried


"The voice of Etta McDaniel mesmerizes us from the first sentence to the final page of Ashley Mace Havird's novel, Lightningstruck. It is an elegantly crafted coming of age story of a girl on the verge of adolescence. Etta's insights about family, friends, her tiny town and American society in the mid-1960s are beautifully intertwined with her story and that of a mysterious horse that survives a direct hit from lightning. The depth of Etta's tale and its indelible characters makes it a novel for readers of any generation."

      Robert L. Pincus, former art critic and books editor of The San Diego Union-Tribune

"It's rare these days to find a good poet who can also write fine fiction. It turns out Ashley Mace Havird is one of these. I read Lightningstruck with great pleasure, and felt entirely in the spell of her prose. I won't soon forget Etta McDaniel and her journey."

     Richard Bausch, author of The Stories of Richard Bausch and editor of The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction





Against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Era, a young girl’s search for treasure takes her and her lightning-scarred horse on an unexpected, life-changing journey.



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