Project Description

Anne Leigh Parrish’s debut story collection, All The Roads That Lead From Home (Press 53, 2011) won a silver medal in the 2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards. Her second collection, Our Love Could Light The World, (She Writes Press, 2013) is a Kirkus Reviews recommended Indie title, and a finalist in both the International Book Awards and the Best Book Awards. She is the fiction editor for the online literary magazine Eclectica. She lives in Seattle.


By The Wayside, the third story collection by award-winning author Anne Leigh Parrish, draws together eighteen previously published pieces about women, often in absurd situations, struggling to survive in a world that is often hostile to the female experience.


Meet Anna, Lorraine, Freddie, and Beth. Four women, who share blood and not much more, except that each is searching for something lost. Anna seeks to find her place in a new world. Lorraine looks to an all-powerful god to forget herself in. Freddie searches for herself without religion to forget her mother’s overbearing doctrine. Beth can’t find her soul in her mother’s walled off eyes.

For four generations these women have run away, run away from their own mother, their family, until Freddie sees in her daughter, Beth, the chance to break the cycle. With the support of her sister and the lingering words of a deceased husband, Freddie takes the first steps to healing herself and her relationship with her daughter, by confronting her past and her relationship with God.

With intelligence and understanding, Anne Leigh Parrish questions the cyclical nature of family and motherhood, and the occasionally agonizing, often shaky, but always deep connection between love and true faith.

Thoughtful and heartrending, What is Found, What is Lost captures the color hidden amidst the modern black and white portrayal of religion by examining the characters’ doubts and flaws and the prevailing need to believe in something larger than themselves.