What happens when a Texan Grandmother finds herself in the middle of an apocalyptic nightmare with four grandchildren? From author Brenda Marie Smith comes a riveting fantasy that hits closer to home than many sci-fi novels.
In suburban Austin, Texas, Bea Crenshaw secretly prepares for the apocalypse, but when a solar pulse destroys modern life, she’s left alone with four grandkids whose parents do not return home. She must teach these kids to survive without power, cars, phones, running water, or doctors in a world fraught with increasing danger.
If Darkness Takes Us is a realistic post-apocalyptic fiction with a focus on a family in peril, led by a no-nonsense grandmother who is at once funny, controlling, and heroic in her struggle to hold her family together with civility and heart.
Laura Creedle, author of The Love Letters of Abelard & Lily and winner of the 2017 Writers League of Texas YA Best Novel said, “Bea Crenshaw is one of the most unique characters in modern literature; a kick-ass Grandma who is at once touch and vulnerable, and well-prepared to shepherd her extended family through an EMP disaster, or so she thinks. If Darkness Takes Us is a realistic post-apocalyptic fiction with tragedy, humor, and heart.”
Author Brenda Marie Smith is the winner of the 2018 Southern Fried Karma Novel Contest and an alum of the UCLA Writers Program. Born and raised in Oklahoma City, she wrote the novel from her own experience of having lived off the grid in a vegan hippie community, and as grandmother to two young, technologically savvy grandchildren. If Darkness Takes Us is her second novel. Her first, Something Radiates, is a paranormal thriller.
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