Making Teresa Disappear


Duke Southard won an Edie, the New Hampshire Excellence in Education Award, for his contribution to the school library media profession in the state. He has published professional articles in Media and Methods magazine. His educational credentials include a BS from Villanova University and advanced graduate degrees from Rowan University (MA in English Education) and Boston University (CAGS in Media Technology). He is married, the father of three children, and lives in Arizona.

All five of his novels have been selected as finalists in the New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards, with his first novel, A Favor Returned, being selected as a finalist in the 2015 Indie Publishers Next Generation Book Awards. He is also the author of a memoir (The Week from Heaven and Hell) and a nonfiction commissioned history (The Nick: A Vision Realized).

His short works have earned numerous awards, including two first places in the Society of Southwestern Authors Writing Contest for “Three Weeks” (2015) and “A Night on the Ice” (2017). In 2016, his memoir, “The Fallacy of Closure,” placed first in the prestigious Writer’s Digest Literary Awards Competition.

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When seventeen-year-old Jill Hanson and two of her friends witness a fatal pedestrian accident, Jill sets out to prove that the victim was predestined to suffer that fate.

Her belief is based on her classroom reading of Thorton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Bridge of San Luis Rey. Several weeks later, she has another opportunity to investigate the same theory. A well-liked teacher in her high school is brutally murdered. As this story unfolds, she becomes acquainted with a small-town newspaper reporter, Josh Solomon, who is investigating why everyone in authority, including his own editor/publisher, appears to want any interest in the murder of Teresa Owens to simply go away.

Although approaching the subject from widely disparate perspectives, both want similar results. In Josh’s case, it is justice for a murder victim, while Jill is searching for an answer to the deep philosophical question raised in Wilder’s book. Do we live by accident and die by accident, or do we live by plan and die by plan?

Why are so many people set on making Teresa disappear?


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