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"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


About The Gin Club

A band of unlikely heroes, a pack of high school bullies, a tenacious groundhog, and one over-sexed octogenarian…lead to a quest to create the perfect southern gin.

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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 love for both places plus her passion for creating troubled characters inspire stories about complicated relationships, invisible disabilities, and crazy critters…topped off with a dollop of hope. Chipping away at stereotypes of mental illness, she is also an OCD advocate for the A2A Alliance, a non-profit that promotes advocacy over adversity.

Now Available!

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

The Unfinished Garden, Barbara's page-turning debut novel, will soon be 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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Cathy Lamb’s October 2019 release, ALL ABOUT EVIE, is gloriously eccentric and full of heart. There’s a full cast of quirky characters, lush garden settings on the San Juan Islands, a touch of woo-woo, a mystery, family secrets, suspense, an impossible romance, a few dark threads, and endless hope. All that plus scrumptious descriptions of cake that made me drool in public. (Note to self, don’t read about homemade cake…