The Middle Step
by Denise Pattiz Bogard
Recently High Hill Press had the privilege of publishing Denise Pattiz Bogard's first novel. Denise isn't new to the world of writing, she has carved out a long and impressive career with her amazing skills, but The Middle Step is her first full-length novel. The setting for this story, the north side of St. Louis, is a strong character on its own. But along with this intriguing and often brutal setting, Denise has created strong characters to tell this often disheartening peak at the lives of the disadvantaged struggling with poverty, lack of education, and a life-style that sometimes pulls even the strongest young person into a culture of drugs and abuse that is often impossible to escape.
The Middle Step is a work of literary fiction, but the story draws on Denise's personal passions and work as a teacher for Lift for Life Academy, where she often became personally entangled with young women trying to overcome impossible odds.
Denise had her book launch at the prestigious Left Bank Books and she will be reading and selling The Middle Step throughout the St. Louis area in 2016.
The Middle Step is available wherever good books are sold. You can also get your Kindle version here.