Rainwood House Sings is a ‘social justice mystery’ about organizing, local history and musical plumbing. A beleaguered ex-union organizer, a radical horticulturalist on the run from a cop-shooting, a bat-loving nine-year-old and a glamorous computer guru join forces to save Rainwood House, a decaying post-Civil War abode lightly haunted by the echoes of popular struggles. Will they succeed in making Rainwood House a people’s history museum and modern Underground Railroad stop, or will the arrogant co-owner throw them out to turn Rainwood House into an elite showplace?
Written and illustrated by Juliana Barnet with her daughter, co-author/co-illustrator Sophia Barnet-Higgins, Rainwood House Sings paints a light-hearted, mildly magical but authentic picture of activists tackling mysteries great and small with creativity, humor and collective action. It is published by Life in the Liberated Zone. LLZ’s purpose is to further understanding of activist culture through truth-full fiction focused on the fascinating, maddening and inspiring adventures of folks living in the belly of the beast while struggling to change it.