This week I’m hosting author Gloria Taylor Weinberg.
Gloria Taylor Weinberg is a fourth-generation Floridian who retired from the Fort Pierce Tribune in 2001 after twenty-two years as a journalist. She received numerous awards from the Florida Press Association and the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors for her columns, features and explanatory reports, including the 2000 Gold Medal for Public Service. She now works as a freelance writer for Indian River Magazine and its subsidiaries. Weinberg also paints, with a special love for capturing the flora, fauna and unique light of her native state on canvas. She has three grown children and seven grandchildren, and lives with her husband, Mark, and Dudley, their spoiled cocker spaniel, in Fort Pierce, Florida. A Homicide in Hooker’s Point, he first novel, earned a 2011 Royal Palm Literary Award from the Florida Writers Association.
Gloria’s debut novel delves into the human condition. With attention to each poignant detail, Gloria orchestrates a startlingly real web of characters that will, for a long time endure in the minds of its readers.
A Homicide in Hooker’s Point
In the fall of 1950, eight-year-old Vicki Leigh Bayle learns that prejudice is not always about color, and that truth, as adults define it, is malleable. She learns that love and hate are drawn from the same well, and that some of the people she loves most keep stores of each in equal measure.
The day after neighbor Eric Magruder kills her kitten during a domestic dispute, Vicki and her father watch as Eric is gunned down in their front yard. Witnesses say he was killed by his father-in-law. But is that really what happened during that tragic weekend of violence? At lease one investigator has doubts. Both Vicki and her father had access to a gun that day, and her father refuses to produce it. Why?
Set in the segregated context of South Florida, A Homicide in Hooker’s Point is an emotionally raw work that delineates the blurry yet familiar line between truth and deceit. In the debut novel of impeccably direct language, Weinberg has seamlessly crafted a tale that readers, will, without a doubt, hate and love by turns–a tale where the grim and the poignant intertwine.
—“A Homicide in Hooker’s Point is a fascinating tale of innocence and pathos colliding in a small community in rural South Florida. The story develops inexorably; building momentum as it evolves, all the while tempting the reader to linger over passages of lush, evocative imagery. I was struck by the author’s insightful portrayal of people and places, which brought back fond memories of the simple, authentic life experiences that I had growing up in Clewiston near Hooker’s Point.” –Erik C. Larson, Attorney, Winter Park, Fla.
A Homicide in Hooker’s Point is available at Amazon. com.
Gloria now has a new novella titled “Child of Sorrow,” available on Amazon.com.http://www.amazon.
“Child of Sorrow” is superb. I highly recommend you read this story.”
— Gayle H. Swift, Co-founder of GIFT (Growing Intentional Families Together) and award-winning author of ABC, Adoption Me and That Baby We Borrowed.
“Based on a true story, this gut-wrenching novella pulses with the drumbeat of emotional legitimacy. When a teenager finds herself pregnant, her family reacts with shame and judgment instead of compassion. Vicki is bustled away to a home for unwed mothers to bear her baby in secret. She endures her pregnancy emotionally isolated, without friends or family. Vicki harbors the hope her parents will relent and allow her to keep her child. But societal forces collude to make that impossible and she is forced to surrender him.
“Child of Sorrow is a universal story of family confronting a teenager’s unplanned pregnancy. No one is unscathed by the experience made even more difficult by the expectation that both Vicki and her baby will proceed as if the other never existed. But Vicki sustains an eternal flame of memory that propels her to reconnect with her adult child.
“Child of Sorrow deals with a highly charged issue. How many of us may not realize that our mothers, daughters, sisters, and friends may be birthmothers?”
Gloria and I would love to hear from you so please feel free to leave a comment.