Meet Member Talya Tate Boerner, author of The Accidental Salvation of Gracie Lee

Talya Tate Boerner

Meet Member Talya Tate Boerner, author of The Accidental Salvation of Gracie Lee

by Mar 29, 2017Member Updates

Talya Tate Boerner

Talya Tate Boerner

Author of The Accidental Salvation of Gracie Lee

As the daughter of an Arkansas farmer, Talya grew up playing in the cotton fields of Mississippi County while perfecting the art of making mudpies. After high school, she moved to Texas for college. Talya graduated from Baylor University with an economics degree primarily because her Daddy said, ?If I?m paying for college, you?ll get a business degree.? So that?s what she did.

For nearly thirty years, Talya lived in Dallas, built a successful banking career, married, raised two incredible children and enjoyed life?all the while planning to someday return to Arkansas.

In 2011, after an ?aha? moment, she left banking to pursue her dream of writing. Now she lives in Fayetteville with her husband and splits time between Northwest Arkansas and her family?s farm in Mississippi County.

Talya?s debut novel, The Accidental Salvation of Gracie Lee, was released?in January 2016 through SYP Publication. Although the story is fiction, the characters and setting will be familiar and relatable, especially to those with southern roots, less than perfect families, and questions about life in general. There?s a bit of Gracie Lee in all of us.

The Accidental Salvation of Gracie Lee

Ten-year-old Gracie Lee knows a few things. She knows which trees are best for climbing. She knows how to walk through the hallway without making a sound on the hardwood floor. She knows if Daddy?s crop gets one more drop of rain, the whole family will pay the price.

There are plenty of things Gracie doesn?t know. These things keep her awake at night.

Gracie longs for something bigger and grander and truer, and feels certain there is more to life beyond school and dull church sermons. She worries about the soldiers in Vietnam and wonders what it must be like to have been born Lisa Marie Presley from Tennessee instead of Gracie Lee Abbott from Arkansas. Mostly, she wishes her Daddy wasn?t so mean.

Gracie?s unchecked imagination leads to adventure, and adventure leads to trouble. She confides in unexpected characters and seeks solace in a mysterious gray house beyond the cotton field. When Gracie faces a difficult family situation, she must make a life-altering decision, one that will test the very essence of her character.

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