'Out in the Wilderness'  - A Novella by Margaret Evans

My novella, ‘ Out in the Wilderness,’ is now launched. You can even find it on Amazon at £5.99, though I am happy to post it to interested parties at £5.50, plus £1.20 postage. It tells the story of a family, particularly the mother, coming to terms with her gay son and daughter. The journey of the family is one which some of us may recognise as partly our own. The story is fiction, but taken from various people’s lives. I have had good feedback from one or two parents who have read it, which I share with you here. 
‘I read a few pages of your book last night, and I was astonished at how similar some of my feelings in the past were in comparison... I have a lot to learn. I really believed these people - and it resonated with my age group - brought in lots of attitudes I remember when I was a child and a young adult - well done you.’ (Julie, mother of a gay son)
‘I enjoyed this. You have touched on a lot of different issues here.’ (Derek, grandparent to a child of a lesbian couple.)
‘I was delighted to read Margaret's novella and was greatly impressed with her understanding and reference to some contemporary Biblical research, notably ‘Love, Lost in Translation’ by K Renato Lings, and the impact that has on the linguistics and translations of the texts. Moreover, the character of Revd. Luke as the sympathetic liberal Anglican priest, seemingly struggling with the conundrum of his own theology and the (ongoing dynamic) doctrine of the Church in his conversations with Hilda, was a refreshing, yet increasingly more common, initiative. I think this is a brave and informative piece which may be of great benefit to those who can empathise, in part or fully, with Hilda and her unfolding drama.’ (Revd. Chris Wingfield)
I decided that a fictional story might give easier access to some of the current dilemmas facing LGBT people and their families, to people who would be unlikely to tackle more serious reading.
Margaret Evans


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