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Joyce Yarrow


WINNER - Evvy Gold Medal for Women's Fiction

Sandie goes wherever the wind blows.

From orphan to delinquent to make-up artist, Sandie Donovan is the queen of the makeover, whether it's actresses playing Off Broadway or her own identity. But she can run from her past for only so long before she has to “woman up” and take control of her own life.



Joyce Yarrow was raised in the Southeast Bronx, but escaped to Manhattan, where she wrote poetry while riding the bus through the Lower East Side. The Bus Poems were published and her writing career was launched. In addition to five published novels, Joyce’s short stories and essays have appeared in numerous national publications. Yarrow is a member of the Authors Guild and the Sisters in Crime organization.


“Sandstorm is entertaining every step of the way.” — Independent Book Review

“Readers seeking solid urban fiction settings and the spunky but struggling character of a young adult who changes immensely through her experiences and choices will find Sandstorm the worthy and intriguing journey” — D. Donaovan, Midwest Book Review

“Sandie Donovan is a charming and damaged character, and I rooted for her from the get-go.” — Jenny Shortridge, The New York Times bestselling author of Love Water Memory

“Sandstorm is a unique and compelling coming-of-age story with an ultimate triumph—even against the greatest of odds.” — Donna Koros Stramella, author: Coffee Killed my Mother.

“A pitch-perfect, heartfelt and enthralling story of survival, coming-of-age and redemption.” — Penny Haw, author: The Wilderness Between Us.

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