Dalton State’s Tucker Releases Fifth Novel, “Bringing Abundance Back”


Dr. Barbara G. Tucker, interim assistant vice president for Academic Affairs and associate professor of communication, announces the publication of her fifth novel, 

“Bringing Abundance Back,” through Amazon Create Space.  It is available in paperback and Kindle editions. 

In this book, Tucker forays into new territory: Southern living, women’s lives, small town politics, and cooking. “Bringing Abundance Back” tells the story of Virginia Foster, a retired empty-nester in Abundance, S.C. who takes on the town’s economic renewal as a project. Her strategy is to spearhead a festival based on a forgotten aspect of the town’s history—biscuits, because the town got its name from the Abundance Mills Flour Company. 

In the process, Virginia is confronted with ghosts and secrets from her past. As Virginia leads the way through the festival preparation, she also must navigate care for her elderly aunt and her aunt’s best friend, who raised her. They have their own secrets, too. The story travels back and forth between the near present and the earlier twentieth century to weave together the stories of five Southern women.

One reviewer states, “It was a book that kept me turning the pages - wanting to know what would happen next and what secrets would be revealed. Sit back in your rocker, take a sip of your mint julep, and open this book. You won't regret it.”

Tucker holds a doctorate in adult education from the University of Georgia and master of arts degrees from the Ohio University and from UTC in communication and English, respectively.  Other publications include a chapter in Amber Nagle’s Project Keepsake (2014).  Tucker is also a member of the Chattanooga Writers Guild and president of the Georgia Communication Association.

Tucker previously published “Traveling Through,” “Cross Road,” and “Legacy” through OakTara Press (2012) and “The Unexpected Christmas Visitors” through Create Space.  All profits from her novels go to World Vision.