Books: Sally Barnes

Laughed Till They Cried chronicles the lives of three post war girls who grow up amidst a group of quirky characters in a small town in Eastern Ontario. Ultimately these strong women settle in historic Kingston where they get involved in politics and form the core of a closely knit sisterhood of 12 women who call themselves The Cell Sisters – just for the hell of it. The Cell weathers everything life can throw at a group of women hell bent on taking on the world. Nothing can stop them—until old age ruins everything. A strong debut novel, its political comedy will make a fine addition to your library of female writers, fiction and literature.

A self-confessed political junkie residing in Kingston, Ontario, Sally Barnes has filled many political roles, including candidate. She knows how political backrooms and newsrooms work. As a journalist, she worked at the Kingston Whig Standard, The Ottawa Citizen, The Toronto Telegram, The Toronto Star, and CITY TV. The Napanee native was president of the Ontario Legislative Press Gallery, served as Press Secretary to Ontario Premier Bill Davis for seven years, and was President of the Ontario Council on the Status of Women