Kay Chronister’s 2022 Desert Creatures is a stand-alone post-apocalyptic horror novel.
Nine-year-old Magdala, trying to deflect neighborly hostility, spun a marvelous tale of her father’s supernatural powers. Her fables did not had the effect that Magdala intended. Rather than being cowed into leaving father and daughter alone, the terrified townsfolk have driven the club-footed girl and her father out into the desert.
It’s a grim existence and likely to be a short one.