Titusville author Ruth Rodgers was awarded the Don Argo Prize for Florida Fiction at the January 2014 Cocoa Beach Writers Conference, sponsored by the Space Coast Writers Guild, for her novel, Reparation, published by the Florida Historical Society (Sept. 2013).
Racial injustices of the past catch up to the present in this exciting and suspenseful novel set in rural north Florida. In the late 1940s, four-year-old Katie becomes best friend and childhood playmate to Delia, the daughter of her father’s sharecropper. That closeness, however, is short-lived, for societal pressures soon force them apart, and at age sixteen, thoroughly indoctrinated into the strict rules of Southern segregation, Katie abandons her childhood friend when she is needed most.
Decades later, a chance encounter with Delia throws Kate headlong into the past, and all that old guilt comes rushing back. Nearly half a century later, will Kate finally be able to make reparation for her failure and earn Delia’s forgiveness?
Copies are available from the Florida Historical Society Press (www.myfloridahistory.org) and from amazon.com in both print and Kindle editions.
Ms. Rodgers will be speaking about the book and signing copies at the Titusville campus of Eastern Florida State College on Feb. 18, 2014, in honor of Black History Month and will be at the Authors for Authors Book Fair at the Central Brevard Reference Library on March 22nd. She will also be speaking at the Library of Florida History on April 17th.
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A native Floridian, Ms. Rodgers grew up on a farm in Madison County, Florida. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in English Education from Florida State University and has lived in Titusville, Florida, since 1966. Recently retired after more than thirty years of teaching English, twenty-five years at Brevard Community College’s Titusville campus, she is enjoying having more time to indulge in her twin passions of reading and writing.