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Lucille Payne

  • Bethany Beach Books 99 Garfield Pkwy Bethany Beach, DE, 19930 United States (map)

Meet Lucille Payne, author of Dancing in Quicksand on Thursday, June 18th at 6:30pm!

Dancing in Quicksand

Dancing in Quicksand explores the conflicted relationship between family values and domestic violence. It's the story of a 40-year-old woman's search to find meaning in her life beyond the ties that bind her to a toxic marriage.


It's Ash Wednesday morning in the mid 1990s. A dense fog is lifting over the Brooklyn, NY streets. Before walking to church to get ashes on her forehead, Irish Catholic Pinch O'Malley makes a life-changing phone call despite her husband's emphatic disapproval.

For the next seven weeks she juggles lies to protect her secret, doubts her faith and questions its leaders, trusts strangers, fears family, and has the scab ripped off an old sibling wound on a sometimes humorous, often terrifying journey to reclaim the sparkle in her life.

Will Pinch listen to the eccentric old woman who speaks the truth in riddles and rhymes or heed the command of a higher source to find joy in sacrifice -- and to honor and obey?

Bless me Father, I have not sinned.


About Lucille

Lucille Payne was born and raised in New York City. Her interest in writing was fed in Mary H. Webb's writing workshops, Berkeley, CA, and further fueled at Writers Conferences from New York to Hawaii. While living in Northern California, she was newsletter editor at the local chapter of the National Organization for Women and wrote gender equity articles for the Danville-Alamo Branch of the American Association of University Women. A long-standing advocate against domestic violence, she took volunteer training with Battered Women's Alternatives and actively fundraised for STAND! Against Domestic Violence.

After living on the West Coast for 25 years, Ceil and her husband, Dan, retired back East and live in Southern Delaware. She is a member of the Rehoboth Beach Writer's Guild, and Lancaster Literary Guild. Dancing in Quicksand is her first novel.

Earlier Event: June 17
William Grayson & Bob Ackerman
Later Event: June 19
Allison Leotta