The Story Behind ‘A Decent Woman’ by Eleanor Parker Sapia

The Story Behind the Book

PUBLISHED BOOK COVER (front)I wrote the first draft of my historical novel, A Decent Woman, as a stay at home Mom in my late forties, while living in Brussels, Belgium with my husband and two children. By that time, I’d been an exhibiting artist for twenty years. A year later, my kids left for university, and I moved back to the United States as a single woman. There was no preparation for this—one day I was married and secure, financially and emotionally. The next day I was separated from my husband and had no real security, no job, and a future I couldn’t see. I immediately went to work and became a full time student while my kids worked on their own degrees. When they graduated and found good jobs, I made a life decision—I quit my job, bought a house in West Virginia, and packed my bags. When I describe that…

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