"Claypole White's gift is her ability to put us into the troubled minds of her characters in a way that helps us not only understand them but fall in love with them as well."

—Diane Chamberlain, New York Times bestselling author


The Gin Club

Luca Heywood is fighting to save the family farm he hates with a handcrafted gin that captures the essence of Carolina. But when he discovers his alienated son is being bullied, he must embrace unlikely friendships, open his heart to an abused stray, and face the teen tragedy that defined his life. Maybe then he can create a new family on the land he once loved.

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About Barbara

Bestselling author Barbara Claypole White was born in rural England, but writes and gardens in the forests of North Carolina. Her passion for chipping away at stereotypes of mental illness inspires quirky stories about troubled but courageous characters, complicated relationships, and crazy critters…topped off with a dollop of hope. She is also an OCD advocate for the A2A Alliance, a non-profit that promotes advocacy over adversity.

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A love story about grief, OCD, and dirt...

The Unfinished Garden, Barbara's page-turning debut novel, is now available as an audio book.

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Praise & Awards

"The Perfect Son is a riveting and passionate emotional journey that proves the transforming power that love can have on life and family."

—Dorthea Benton Frank, 
New York Times bestselling author

“White’s beautifully crafted novel demonstrates how two broken souls can find peace for themselves and their loved ones.”

Booklist on The In-Between Hour

"... a wrenching story of how one woman's OCD has a ripple effect on those around her—including the people she tried hardest to protect. This is an eye-opening and realistic exploration of mental illness-a topic that greatly deserves to be front and center."

—Jodi Picoult,
New York Times bestselling author on The Promise Between Us

“Barbara Claypole White does not merely write about people with mental illness—she inhabits them.”

—Lee Smith, New York Times bestselling author

"The Perfect Son captures the ache and beauty of love in its many forms."

—Patti Callahan Henry, 
New York Times bestselling author

"Echoes of Family is emotional storytelling at its best, crafted, as always, with Barbara Claypole White’s signature wit and charm.”

—Barbara Davis, 
bestselling author

2019 American Fiction Awards Finalist (The Promise Between Us)
2018 Silver Nautilus Award (The Promise Between Us)
2017 WFWA Star Award Finalist (Echoes of Family)
2015 Goodreads Choice Award Nominee (The Perfect Son)
2014 Southern Independent Booksellers Winter Okra Pick (The In-Between Hour)
2013 Golden Quill for Best First Book (The Unfinished Garden)


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Barbara's Book Reviews


Set on Oak Island, North Carolina in the mid 1980s, WHEN GHOSTS COME HOME is a haunting story about family, prejudice, and small-town conflict. It’s part historical novel, part murder mystery, and part southern fiction. I read it slowly to enjoy the setting, the writing, the subtle rise in tension. But I had to fight the temptation to flip pages for answers about who crash-landed a huge, old-fashioned plane on…