Fracture tells the poignant tale of young author, Leigh Hale, who soars to fame and fortune when her manuscript, a fictional recounting of her teenage love affair with a woman nearly twice her age, is published and made into a film.
After having overcome a very emotionally trying childhood and young adulthood, Leigh finally managed to escape the harsh words of an emotionally abusive father, the estrangement of a family that refused to accept her lifestyle, and the horribly oppressive nature of the small, Midwest town she had always called home. Not to mention the memories of a brief, yet powerful love affair with a woman almost twice her age who not only became Leigh’s first and truest love, but who also became the source of her deepest heartbreak, and ultimately, changed her life.
Twelve years after her tragic parting with Beth Layton, the older woman who had managed to steal Leigh’s heart as a teen, Leigh is living the high life over a thousand miles from her hometown in one of the largest cities in the U.S. Making a six-figure salary working for a publishing company, having just received a major publishing contract for her manuscript Fracture, having earned a reputation as one of the hottest lesbian commodities in the city, and with the love and respect of Jared Patel, the most incredible friend she could have ever hoped for, Leigh couldn’t ask for a happier, healthier, more successful life.
That is, until the mass publication of and media attention surrounding her semi-autobiographical novel, Fracture, swiftly forces open the dusty doors to her complex past, and her long lost, but far from forgotten love, Beth, shows up in the city that Leigh now calls home, looking to rekindle a twelve-year-old flame.
Will Leigh be consumed by the desires of her heart or by the fear of the heartbreak that dances in her memories?
An American fiction author and poet with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Performance Arts with a minor in Literature and an emphasis in creative writing. Hughes is a published poet and author known for her elegant and meticulous portrayal of the range of human emotion and experience.