Ruth Rodgers of Titusville will have copies of her new mainstream Southern novel Patchwork available for sale at the Meet the Authors Book Fair at the Eau Galle Civic Center next weekend (Nov. 21-22) Published by August Press, Patchwork is set in the same rural north Florida community as her first novel Reparation (published by the Florida Historical Society Press in 2013), and deals with the topic of unwed pregnancy.
In 1952, when 25-year-old Lacey McCormick gets a telegram in New York from her mother informing her that her father has had a stroke, Lacey knows that after nearly seven years of family estrangement, due to the birth of her out-of-wedlock son, it is time to finally return home and introduce six-year-old Benny to her devout Southern Baptist family. Reconciliation will be difficult, but she is determined to demand acceptance, if not for herself, then at least for Benny.
Between her father’s continued disavowal of her and Benny, her siblings’ reproaches of her past behavior, and her mother’s equivocal position—“I feel like I’m being tore in two, with you pulling one way and your daddy the other,” Lacey is beset at all sides, and the birth of a new, legitimate McCormick grandchild during her visit underscores the unfairness of the situation.
In addition to patching up her frayed relationship with her family, Lacey must also forgive herself, something she has been unable to do for the past six years. Can Neil Hardister, a childhood friend and neighbor who is harboring his own secret, help to restore her trust in men so that she can finally let the past go and move forward with new confidence and self-worth?
About the Author
A native Floridian, Ruth Rodgers grew up on a farm in north Florida but has lived in Titusville since 1966. Now retired after a thirty-plus year career as an English teacher, most of those years at the Titusville campus of Brevard Community College (now Eastern Florida State College), she is enjoying having more time to devote to writing. She is married and has three adult children.