THIS WEEK IN APRIL

  1. Monday Apr 14 ANN WEISGARBER MONDAY, APRIL 14; 7 PM ANN WEISGARBER, author of the critically acclaimed The Personal History of Rachel DuPree will introduce THE PROMISE, a riveting story set primarily on Galveston Island, Texas in 1900. Dayton, Ohio, however, figures prominently in the...
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ANN WEISGARBER

MONDAY, APRIL 14; 7 PM

ANN WEISGARBER, author of the critically acclaimed The Personal History of Rachel DuPree will introduce THE PROMISE, a riveting story set primarily on Galveston Island, Texas in 1900. Dayton, Ohio, however, figures prominently in the story. It is the home of concert pianist Catherine Wainwright. The subject of a scandal, unmarried and without a steady income, she accepts a marriage proposal from a former schoolmate, who is now a dairy farmer living in Texas. He tells her in a letter that he has been recently widowed and “in need of a wife and a mother for his 4-year old son.” And thus begins a journey into the unknown for the cosmopolitan Catherine who had grown accustomed to a genteel life, and now finds herself in a remote locale learning to be the wife of a farmer and the mother of a small child. And then the hurricane of the century hits Galveston and no one could foresee the devastation it would bring. The residents are tested as never before.

The book is rich in historical detail and strong character development. The hurricane of 1900 was the worst natural disaster in the U.S. in the 20th century.

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