Titusville author Ruth Rodgers will be launching her new novel, Patchwork, this Saturday, Jan. 16th, at Friendship Fellowship UU Church, 3115 Friendship Place in Rockledge, FL, at 3:00 p.m. Set in 1952, Patchwork focuses on a young woman attempting to find acceptance from her devout Southern Baptist family after an out-of-wedlock birth, which has kept her estranged from the family for six-and-a-half years, until her father's stroke brings her home.
The book launch event, organized by Marshall Frank, features four authors with recently released books. In addition to Rodgers, Marshall Frank will be launching his new nonfiction book, The Way Things Oughta Be, a series of essays that address a myriad of social, political and global struggles and offer new solutions. The two other authors featured are Stu Milisci, retired from NYPD, whose novel Confessions, Lies and Secrets deals with sex abuse in the Catholic Church, and Yolande Donnelly, whose short story collection, 12 Lives, 12 Signs, uses the Zodiac signs to develop 12 different characters.
Each author will speak briefly about his or her new book, and then will be available for discussion and for signing purchased copies. Refreshments will be available.
Ruth Rodgers will also be having an encore book talk and signing for Patchwork at the Titusville Public Library on Sunday, Jan. 17, at 2:00 p.m. The novel, from August Press, is available at amazon.com in paperback ($11.00) and Kindle versions ($8.99), but she will be selling autographed copies for $10.00 at both events. Further information, including a review of the novel published in the Tallahassee Democrat, is available at her website, www.ruthrodgersauthor.com.
Please come out and join her on either Saturday or Sunday for an enjoyable afternoon.
Patchwork Back Page Blurb
It’s 1952, and when 25-year-old Lacey McCormick gets a telegram in New York from her mother, “Daddy had stroke. Come home. Mama,” she cannot refuse. After six-and-a-half years of family estrangement, due to the out-of-wedlock birth of her six-year-old son, it is time to finally return to the family farm in northern Florida and introduce Benny to the rest of her devout Southern Baptist family. Lacey knows reconciliation will be difficult, but she is determined to demand acceptance, if not for herself, then at least for Benny, who is an innocent pawn in this war.
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.
Even more important, however, than seeking forgiveness from her family and patching up their frayed relationship is Lacey’s need to finally 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 Madison County, Florida. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in English Education from Florida State University. 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 now retired and enjoying having more time to devote to reading and writing. She lives in Titusville with her husband and has three grown children. Her poetry and fiction have been published in a variety of literary magazines and anthologies, and her first novel, Reparation, published in 2013 by the Florida Historical Society Press, won the Don Argo Prize for Florida Fiction, awarded by the Space Coast Writers Guild.