Duty, desire, love, and purpose. Who we want to be and whom we want in our lives. As Susan prepares for the birth of her first child in The Waiting Place, she contemplates her role as a mother, wife, and partner on the family farm through the lives of the women closest to her.
Short-listed for the 2017 High Plains Book Awards First Book
Short-listed for the 2017 High Plains Book Awards Woman Writer
Lust and despair rival hard work and family in Sharron Arksey’s exploration of women in a modern rural landscape, simultaneously shattering old-fashioned ideas of farm life and detailing the very real challenges and rewards of cattle ranching. With the pain of childbirth as backdrop, The Waiting Place gives voice to the nuanced and sometimes secret lives of individual women bound together by family duty, revealing their stories with humour, compassion, and an unflinching honesty.
Anne Lazurko, author of Dollybird
The Waiting Place is a subtle blend of sly, disarming humour, heartbreak, and poignancy. In its farming world populated by animals, every moment is human. That’s the secret and triumph of this book.
Terry Jordan, author of It's a Hard Cow and Been in the Storm So Long
The Waiting Place transports its readers to a changing world that not many of us know much about, and Arksey casts over it a moody, ethereal quality, which showcases hardworking women's stories as the place where female stewardship, animal, and land intersect.
Tanya Rohrmoser, Room Magazine Issue 40.1
Sharon has done an excellent job in painting the lives of those around her and also by relating her own experiences of motherhood. There is a lot of quick wit and humour to the story as well as her poignant and sensitive observations into the secret lives of the farm women. It has a brazen touch of honesty that makes the book so enjoyable.
Lorna Tergesen, Icelandic Connection
I found The Waiting Place refreshingly honest and eminently readable — a gem of good writing and a truthful portrayal of people and place.
LouAnne Foley, Billings Gazette
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