GRACE by T. Greenwood, (c) 2012. This is one of those expensive trade paperbacks with a thick cover with an inside flap front and back. I’m enjoying the book so far. Grace is the little 5 year old sister of Trevor Kennedy. Trevor is thirteen years old and he towers above everyone else in his class. He’s got the body of a young man in his 13 year old body, yet he has this high pitched voice of a boy. Trevor is the class misfit with his bleached blonde hair and very pale complexion and he has been teased all his life, but now that he’s older and much larger than everyone else has anger is a little more hard to control when the teasing starts so he gets held in detention after school for an hour a few times. Trevor’s family loves him especially little Gracy’s unconditional love. Trevor is given special attention by his elderly art teacher and she gives him a camera to express himself. Walgreen’s is where Trevor and Gracy’s mother has a shoplifting habit it’s also where Crystal the store’s clerk see’s the photos when Trevor brings his film to be developed. Something happens as Crystal’s life becomes entwined with the Kennedy family, and something horrible happens. What? I have no idea, and it’s better that way. I like this book a lot so far.
TWO RIVERS by T. Greenwood, 2009. Who is T. Greenwood anyway? I had no idea if it were a man or a woman. Since the story is told from a man’s point of view I can assume it’s a man right? There is no photo or BIO of the author either.. So I went read the Acknowledgement page and saw the reference to Greenwood’s MERMAMA BLOG, which makes me think T. is a woman… I’ll have to see about that blog and let you know. Here’s T. Greenwood’s Mermama Blog link! http://mermama.blogspot.com/ …. Yes SHE is a real mama! LOL
Harper Montgomery is the 34-year-old father of a young motherless girl named Shelly. His wife Betsy died when she was a mere 22 years old when Shelly was a one year old. But for many years now Harper has felt grief and guilt ever since he and his teenage friends committed a brutal crime on a local black man. Meanwhile Harper married Betsy, his childhood sweetheart and Shelly was born, a year later Betsy has died. Harper works for the local railroad and when the train derails and kills several people, Harper shows up to try to save people, and happens upon a survivor, a pregnant 15-year-old black girl named Maggie, whom he takes home after she refuses to contact her family. Harper is trying to atone for the sins of his past..but can he? Yes I AM enjoying this book.