SEASON 2016 - 2017
MEET AUTHOR AND PLAYWRIGHT
RUTH P. WATSON
Ruth grew up at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, in Lynchburg, Virginia. In her spare time, she has always enjoyed reading and writing, and listening to good stories. After leaving Virginia for college, she relocated to Atlanta, and worked as a project manager for a major corporation. While there she found herself writing once again, publishing stories in the company newsletter. After completing her graduate work at Central Michigan University, she began to write daily. She is the recipient of the Caversham Fellowship, an artist and writer’s residency in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, where she published her first children’s book in Zulu, Our Secret Bond. She is a freelance writer and member of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and has written for Upscale, Atlanta Journal Constitution and other publications. She is an adjunct professor and project manager, who lives with her husband and son in Atlanta.
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BLACKBERRY DAYS OF SUMMER
The novel begins as “The Great War” is coming to an end. As Robert Parker’s body is lowered int o the grave, Herman Camm introduces himself to the mourning family. He is a well-dressed man with a mysterious stare – and he is about to drastically change the lives of three women: Mae Lou Parker, her daughter Carrie, and Pearl Brown.
Trouble arrives when Carrie reveals a disturbing secret that will haunt and change their lives forever. All of the stories converge when Herman is found dead from a shotgun wound. There are many people Herman has offended, and all three women are suspects in his murder. An investigation is launched, but no one really cares, including the police. Blackberry Days of summer is a brilliantly crafted story of family secrets, complexity and the courage of forgiveness.
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