The Night Is Young
Cover art by Lynne Lockhart
Suffused with lyricism and sensitive to the human condition, many of Lockhart’s stories capture the flavor of small town and rural Eastern Shore. While her characters are tied to the reality of the moment, their stories are about the secret life of the heart’s yearning.
The 16 stories in this book follow folks in a small town in Maryland called Puckum and the surrounding rural area. The tone is set with the first story, “Beginning with Puckum,” which finds Christmas angels detaching themselves from lampposts on Main Street and sweeping across the landscape, wistful for what they once were and revealing the realities of small town America. That symbolism becomes more real in the stories that follow—a grandmother trying to keep her recollection of family together, a couple tending to a farm and using each other for an uneasy stability, a widow confronted by memories as she brings a bag of her son’s clothes to donate to a second hand store.
Almost everyone in these stories has lost something. The author imbues her character studies with impressive depth and insight. The Night is Young won a finalist position in the National Indie Excellence Award for 2016.
"Lockhart weaves her sentences into glimpses of the human soul, often brutally honest but never without compassion. Through these poignantly beautiful stories, “a certain renewed and terminal hopefulness, a place where the night is always young, Lockhart takes us not only on a journey through her beloved Eastern Shore and rural life, but even more through the journey of the human heart."
Cover art by Lynne Lockhart
Elizabeth's Field is the story of the free black population living on Maryland's Eastern Shore during the pre-Civil War era of the 1850s, in a county noted for the birthplace of Harriet Tubman. The novel explores the relationships between African-Americans, both freed and enslaved, their white protectors and sympathizers, as well as those who were intent on preserving the status quo.
Elizabeth, a free woman of Indian and African-American descent, owns land in 1852 and loses it in 1857. Her struggle to hold onto the land and her connection with Sam Green, the local minister who is sentenced to ten years imprisonment for owning a copy of Uncle Tom's Cabin, attest to the turmoil existing within Maryland's borders.
The third main character, Mattie, the present day farm worker on whose oral history the novel is based, searches for answers to her genealogical history. As she tells the story of her life, she reveals the societal and agricultural changes that occur on the same land that was Elizabeth's field one hundred and fifty years before.
Elizabeth's Field was awarded the Silver Medal, the Independent Book Publishers Award for Regional Fiction
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Kathryn Lang, former editor of Southern Methodist University Press:
"Elizabeth's Field captures the realities of pre-Civil War life on Maryland's Eastern Shore and creates characters that struggle in extraordinary adversity and ponder unanswerable questions about God, justice, and the place of human beings in nature. Lockhart traces the branches and offshoots of several generations of black families, their histories merging, the memories of their grandparents' miseries fading, yet not forgotten. Her carefully limned descriptions of the land-the profusion of its flora and the turning of the seasons-are masterful. Through fully rounded characters and lyrical prose, Lockhart's novel teaches some hard lessons about man's inhumanity to man."
G. Ray Thompson, PhD, The Nabb Center, Salisbury University
"Elizabeth's Field is no ordinary novel. The characters are so clearly defined and the environment so carefully re-created that we feel we are indeed stepping back into the past, actually viewing people as they move about behind the gauze curtains of long ago. The story is told in layers, weaving the present with the past, the 20th century and the 19th. Yet it is woven in a very natural way. A thoroughly readable work, thought provoking, and well-written. Elizabeth's Field brings us face-to-face with how slavery has continued to impact people on the Shore."
Requiem for a Summer Cottage
Cover Art by Lynne Lockhart, "Coming Storm"
Set on Maryland's Eastern Shore during the 1970s and '80s, Barbara Lockhart's debut novel tells the story of a family living on an isolated farm, dealing with the ties of love and pain that bind and set them at odds. Justin, the father, is a divided self, shifting seemingly without cause from exuberance to gloom. His stoic wife, Rosemary, finds his moods incomprehensible, yet is seduced by his love of life and talent for risk-taking, characteristics she sees and prizes in their three children as well. As events spin increasingly out of control, Rosemary finds herself alone in the eye of the storm.
Using multiple viewpoints, Lockhart tracks the Williams family's internal and external struggles in a rural environment, a landscape that often reflects the mood of family members caught in a precarious balance between the extremes of despair and hope. Lockhart's novel is ultimately about the enduring web of family set against the mysteries of personality and fate.
Chris Noel, author and faculty member, Vermont College:
"Barbara Lockhart's novel strikingly captures the dual qualities of togetherness and distance, granting its entry into the minds of the members of this family with a lyricism of inwardness and approach reminiscent of To the Lighthouse. Adding gravity and luster to this saga is the scourge of manic-depression afflicting the father, lurking within his children like fever. A magnificent work of fiction, its humanity as penetrating as its language."
W.D. Wetherell, author, recipient of National Endowment for the Arts Awards, MacArthur Genius Award
"A wonderfully evocative and poignant debut novel. Lockhart has taken the lyric mood of a seaside summer, the fleeting beauty, the familiar routines, and enlisted it to tell the story of a family's love and their fight to make it last."
Sydney Blair, author
"We are transported to the world of the eastern Shore with its boats and rivers and fields with the same deftness and passion as we are into the heads and hearts of the characters. The Eastern Shore in all its particular stark beauty takes on the flesh and blood of an actual character, and has a vibrant life of its own."
Illustrations by Heidi Evans
Suitable for children ages 3-7
If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again, is Will’s mantra as he attempts to restore an old tractor without success. But then a word of encouragement from a loved one sets him trying one more time. Will’s Tractor is a story about persistence, about not giving up on one’s dream. The importance of an encouraging word sets the stage for Will’s success, a lesson we all need to remember.
Colorful and realistic illustrations by Heidi Evans, a newcomer to the field of illustration, bring the story to life.
llustrations by Heather Crow
Suitable for children 3-7
The planting and harvesting of the corn crop is explored through the adventures and misadventures of Mosey, a “long-legged, lumbering kind of farm dog.” He thinks the field next to the house is his because he naps there every day. But the field undergoes many changes with the coming of spring and summer, changes that send him on a search for his old napping place, will he ever find it?
Meanwhile, illustrations by Heather Crow depict familiar Eastern Shore farming equipment – tractors, planters, and combines that are sure to intrigue young children, especially boys. Lesson learned is how our food grows and where it comes from.
Co-authored by Lynne Lockhart
Illustrations by Lynne Lockhart
Bouncing into the weeds from the back of a pickup truck, a little blue and yellow raft—intended as a birthday present for a waterman’s son—begins a day of adventures on a river of the Chesapeake Bay. The lost raft becomes a pirate ship for a couple of fun-loving children, a pool for a noisy brood of ducklings, and a circus tent for some excited young muskrat. Follow the wanderings of the rambling raft and enjoy the happy feeling when the boy and his extra-special present are united.
Typical Eastern Shore landscapes and seascapes by artist Lynne Lockhart are featured.
To order: Contact Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., 610-593-2002
Once A Pony Time
Co-authored by Lynne Lockhart
Illustrations by Lynne Lockhart
Celebrating 25 years since its first publication Once a Pony Time has become a children’s classic. This charming story tells a tale that combines the unlikely ingredients of salt water, seashells, and ponies. When the elderly Mr. and Mrs. Emory went to the beach at Chincoteague, they learned that the annual Pony Penning and Firemen’s Carnival was soon to occur. They returned to enjoy the events and Mrs. Emory bought some raffle tickets, hoping to win a foal. If she did, she told Mr. Emory, they’d bring the small pony home and their grandchildren could help care for it. What happens next will beguile children and their parents and grandparents alike.
Now in its second printing, paintings by well-known artist, Lynne Lockhart and her love of Chincoteague ponies, are featured.
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(originally published by Tidewater Publishers)
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