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Sunday's Orphan by Catherine Gentile

Sunday's Orphan

by Catherine Gentile

396 pages
In 1930, twenty-year-old Promise Mears Crawford finds herself trapped in an identity not of her making, betrothed to a man not of her choosing, and entwined in the aftermath of the first racial murder on her island haven of Martonsville, Georgia.

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In 1930, twenty-year-old Promise Mears Crawford finds herself trapped in an identity not of her making, betrothed to a man not of her choosing, and entwined in the aftermath of the first racial murder in twenty years on her island haven of Martonsville, Georgia.

When she discovers new truths about her family’s complicated history, Promise presses beyond the choke hold of her own prejudice, past the boundaries of love and lies, to untangle the deceptions permeating her life and her community.

Years later, in Boston, Promise confesses the details of her struggle to ferret out her history amidst a culture of lofty idealism, family secrets, and the blackmail scheme that ultimately freed her to embrace a new identity.

 

Reviews
Catherine Gentile brings Jim Crow to vivid, heartbreaking life in this tale of a complicated, endearing woman caught between the cruelty of her time and the emerging secrets of her own identity. Compelling, timely, and beautifully written.
- Monica Wood, author of One In a Million Boy, When We Were the Kennedys, and Ernie's Ark.
Sunday’s Orphan by Catherine Gentile is just plain excellent. Through its acuity of expression, emotional and psychological insight, and the unfolding of characters, it allows us to enter an historical period—the Jim Crow South—that is critical to understand racism today. This is imaginative work that hits home.
- Jeremiah Conway, PhD. Professor Emeritus, Philosophy Department, University of Southern Maine, author of The Alchemy of Teaching; The Transformation of Lives

 

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About the Author
Catherine Gentile's fiction received the Dana Award for Short Fiction, and the International Reynolds Price Short Fiction Award. Her debut novel, The Quiet Roar of a Hummingbird, was awarded the Eric Hoffer Novel Award for Excellence in Independent Publishing.

A native of Hartford, Connecticut, Catherine lives with her muse on a small island off the coast of Maine.

 

 

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