This Is How It Begins: A Novel

September 29, 2017|
This Is How It Begins: A Novel by Joan Dempsey
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One of "5 more over 50" writers to watch-Poets & Writers magazine 2018 LAMBDA LITERARY AWARD FINALIST 2018 MAY SARTON WOMEN''S BOOK AWARD FINALIST WINNER, 2017 POETS & WRITERS MAUREEN EGEN WRITERS EXCHANGE AWARD "Beautifully written ... an ambitious and moving debut novel." -LILY KING, award-winning national bestseller ofEuphoriaIn 2009, eighty-five-year-old art professor Ludka Zeilonka gets drawn into a political firestorm when her grandson, Tommy, is among a group of gay Massachusetts teachers fired for allegedly discriminating against Christian kids in high school classrooms. The ensuing battle to reinstate the teachers raises the specter of Ludka''s World War II past-a past she''s spent a lifetime trying to forget. The firings are the brainchild of Warren Meck, a deeply religious local radio host and father of three who is hoping to pass a religious freedom bill in Massachusetts. Meck favors achieving his goals through careful planning and legislation, and is disturbed when violence erupts. His concern quickly turns to alarm when he realizes those within his inner circle might be inciting the violence. As Ludka''s esteemed political family defends Tommy under increasingly vicious conditions, a stranger with connections to Ludka''s past shows up and threatens to expose her for illegally hoarding a valuable painting presumed stolen by the Nazis. Only one other person knew about the painting-a man she''s been trying to find for sixty years. Compulsively readable,This Is How It Beginsis a timely novel about free speech, religious freedom, the importance of empathy and the bitter consequences of long-buried secrets.
New England native Joan Dempsey received an MFA and teaching certificate in creative writing from Antioch University, Los Angeles. Her writing has been published inThe Adirondack Review, Alligator Juniper, Obsidian: Literature of the African Diaspora, andPlenitude Magazine, and aired on National Public Radio. Dempsey was the recipient ...
Title:This Is How It Begins: A Novel
Product dimensions:399 pages, 8 X 5.25 X 0.68 in
Shipping dimensions:399 pages, 8 X 5.25 X 0.68 in
Published:September 29, 2017
Publisher:She Writes Press
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781631523083

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