Set in the 1930s, Taylor’s suspenseful and intricate follow-up to Sing in the Morning, Cry at Night tells the story of sisters Violet and Lily Morgan. When 16-year-old Lily becomes pregnant out of wedlock, Violet follows her to the Good Shepherd Infant Asylum in Philadelphia. The nuns promise good homes to all babies born under […]
About Barbara J. Taylor
Barbara J. Taylor lives in Scranton, Pennsylvania, home of the second-largest St.Patrick’s Day parade in the country. She has an MFA in creative writing from Wilkes University and teaches English in the Pocono Mountain School District. All Waiting Is Long is the sequel to her debut novel, Sing in the Morning, Cry at Night, named a “Best Book of Summer 2014” by Publishers Weekly.
All Waiting Is Long
All Waiting Is Long tells the stories of the Morgan sisters, a study in contrasts. In 1930, twenty-five-year-old Violet travels with her sixteen-year-old sister Lily from Scranton, PA, to the Good Shepherd Infant Asylum in Philadelphia, so Lily can deliver her illegitimate child in secret. In doing so, Violet jeopardizes her engagement to her longtime sweetheart, Stanley Adamski. Meanwhile, Mother Mary Joseph, who runs the Good Shepherd, has no idea the asylum’s physician, Dr. Peters, is involved in eugenics and experimenting on the girls with various sterilization techniques.
I adore scrappy Violet, the eight-year-old protagonist of this novel, who is blamed by just about everybody in Scranton, a hardscrabble, blue-collar town in Pennsylvania’s coal mining country, for causing her nine-year-old sister’s death. Even though the community sits in judgement of her and her family, Violet refuses to conform to others’ expectations of how […]
I think of my novel, Sing in the Morning, Cry at Night, as a love letter to my family, friends, and hometown of Scranton, PA. I started this journey with nothing more than a few details about a family tragedy and a legendary blizzard in the early 1900s. After years of writing and rewriting and […]
Scranton native Barbara Taylor talks about her debut novel, “Sing in the Morning, Cry at Night” on ArtScene with Erika Funke on WVIA-FM. Listen to the full Podcast here. ArtScene, with Erika Funke is a daily short program which brings attention to the area’s arts and cultural events. Join her weekdays at 11:00am for interviews, […]