The Book

ip“This is exactly what we look for in an IPPY Award-winning novel: a big, worldly book, written with style and drama, by a very talented storyteller. Kimberly Carlson is a very deserving gold medalist.” —Jim Barnes, Editor and Awards Director


After a devastating loss, Jamie Shire accepts a mysterious live-in job with an equally mysterious employer in the wine country of northern California. At Fallow Springs Estate, Jamie struggles to understand what her employer, Akasha Duvall, wants of her and who Akasha really is. As secret after secret unravels within Fallow Springs, Jamie discovers healing by addressing the suffering of others.

Beneath an African sky, among the Darfuri people, whose land and loved ones have been violently ripped away, Jamie finds the strength to reclaim her life and the courage to step forward into her greatest passion. Suspenseful, heartbreaking, inspiring, and deeply moving, Out of the Shadows both surprises and satisfies, vividly immersing the reader in wrenching, yet uplifting human experiences that take place in worlds apart.


“Kimberly Carlson’s Out of the Shadows is a moving, lush, exotic novel that evokes…the moody atmosphere of Poe. The devastating atrocities of our dark century hang over every page of this brooding book as Jamie seeks to heal…” -Tony D’Souza, award-winning author of Mule
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Out of the Shadows “is a dream, a kiss, a smile, a hug, a home, a story. [Carlson shows] there is a life for every Darfuri woman.” -Halima Bashir, author of Tears of the Desert


Out of the Shadows was taught in an English class for graduating English major seniors at Gulf Coast University.