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Off the Grid

A Novel 

During the 2008-2009 U.S. Mortgage Crisis, HANNAH Wilcox becomes her family's breadwinner working as a cashier at a local grocery store. When her boss sexually harasses her, Hannah’s husband SEAN wants revenge, but goes too far.


Running from the law, the family arrives at St. Louis’s tent city—a colourful, quirky, and diverse community, where Hannah meets a charming young man and a spiritual woman who supplants Hannah’s own boozy mother, ALICE—until they are forced to flee again. With their young boys, Hannah and Sean escape through back routes to Canada where they live OFF THE GRID.


Tough and unapologetic, FBI Special Agent DIANE Taylor is a manhunt expert who follows the family’s trail. As Diane closes in on Hannah’s family, a hot tip comes in regarding the worst unsolved case of Diane’s career: the disappearance and presumed abduction of a little girl named Suzanna, now an adult. 

North of the border, the family survives in the woods until they are exposed by an intruder. Again, Sean goes too far, killing the intruder. Hannah, not wanting Sean as an example for her sons, leaves with her children in tow while Diane is forced to grapple with a ghost from her cold case and the emotional bonds that might keep Suzanna stuck in the patterns of her past. But will she be able to help Hannah do the right thing and turn in Sean?

Off the Grid Novel


A Short Story

What neighbours see when a marriage hits some bumps.

Read below with Trifectum. It's the first of 3 stories.
The Perfidy Trifectum

The Perfidy Trifectum

Perfidy (continued, by request)

Points of view change in the Perfidy story.

Garden Furniture

Dear Abby

A Short Story

WW2 ended, but when folks went home, what of the romances that ended?

US Army Soldier in Universal Camouflage Uniform


Twelve Months of Knitting by Joanne Yordanou (Random House 2008)

Twelve Months of Knitting

(Potter Craft, Random House, 2008)

Read Joanne's stories, novel excerpts, and poetry.

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