It was like my dream, the one where something is chasing me, and I stumble in the brush and brambles, and my feet turn into fish that slip out from under me as I run.
We carry our loves with us all our lives. Stamped in our psyche, they become part of us.
Like the other women, I had a dark cave in my body, I carried secrets in my hips, and swallowed when I should have spoken out.
There was something disturbing sliding around under the surface of my family, but the truth was more than I’d bargained for, and Mom was practiced at lying about it before I was even born.
The two of us were driving toward something we couldn’t see. It was the beginning of everything. The end would come too soon.
Praise for In the Context of Love:
“Linda K. Sienkiewicz’s powerful and richly detailed debut novel is at once a love story, a cautionary tale, and an inspirational journey. In the Context of Love should be required reading for all wayward teenage girls—and their mothers, too.”
~ Bonnie Jo Campbell, author of National Book Award Finalist, American Salvage, and critically acclaimed Once Upon a River, and Mothers, Tell Your Daughters.
“With tenderness, but without blinking, Linda K. Sienkiewicz turns her eye on the predator-prey savannah of the young and still somehow hopeful.”
~ Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of the #1 NY Times Bestseller, Deep End of the Ocean
“Absorbing, heartbreaking, compulsively-readable and insightful, Linda Sienkiewicz’s In the Context of Love casts a hypnotic spell. This is storytelling at its best.”
~ Lewis Robinson, author of the critically acclaimed, Officer Friendly: and Other Stories, and Water Dogs
“Linda Sienkiewicz has written a love letter to the wonder and imperfection of everyday life.”
~ Marcy Dermansky, author of the critically acclaimed novels, Twins and Bad Marie
“In her dynamic first novel, Linda K. Sienkiewicz takes you on a wild roller coaster ride through love’s lowest lows and highest highs, from dark acts of sexual violence to kisses that taste like freedom. Sienkiewicz captures her heroine’s harrowing journey with both compassion and passion. Linda K. Sienkiewicz is a wise, vivid and vital new voice in fiction.”
~ Elizabeth Searle, author of the Boston Globe Bestseller, A Four-Sided Bed, and Girl Held in Home
Linda K Sienkiewicz, author of In the Context of Love, attributes her creative drive to her artistic mother, who taught her to sew, and her father, who let her monkey around with the gadgets in his workshop. She is published in fiction and poetry, has a poetry chapbook award, a Pushcart Prize nomination and an MFA in Fiction.