Based on the true story of author Barbara Follett and her mysterious disappearance.
On a December night in 1939, famous author Barbara Follett fought with her husband and stormed out of their Boston home, never to be heard from again. Now novelist Maryka Biaggio provides a captivating account of Barbara’s enigmatic life—and disappearance.
Barbara had all the makings of promise and success. Early on, her parents recognized her shining intellect and schooled her at home. At age twelve, she published the novel The House Without Windows to much acclaim. When she was fourteen, her charming account of a sailing journey, The Voyage of the Norman D, was released. But when tragedy struck the family, Barbara floundered. Would she ever again find happiness or success--and at what price?
"A superb telling of her little-known life, The Point of Vanishing captures the essential struggle of a woman intent on freedom and trapped by family and responsibility. Rich in detail and piercing in its portrayals, the novel captures the yearning to be one’s own self, to travel the world, to think broadly, to live. And it asks: Is the sacrifice of self worth the price?" -- Kim Taylor Blakemore, Amazon bestselling author of After Alice Fell
"Blending known facts with intriguing conjecture, THE POINT OF VANISHING tells the raw, gripping story of a young woman’s struggle to carve out a life for herself at a time when women had little power to do so. From the story of one woman’s hope to her startling end, Biaggio’s tale sparkles with life, freedom, and what it means to dream." -- Tonya Mitchell, author of A Feigned Madness
"This novel is exceptional in its skillful writing and its vivid portrayal of a child prodigy and a life unraveling...A touching and poignant story that will inspire you to seek out Barbara’s writings." - Historical Novel Society
Page Count: 272
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Publish Date: Preorder: May 25, 2021
Imprint: Milford House
Genre: Historical Fiction, Family Life, Psychological