In THE PROMISE, Weisgarber returns with a deeply moving story about the Galveston, Texas 1900 Storm, the worst natural disaster in the United States in the 20th century. While
there are accounts of what happened to the city of Galveston and its residents, little has been written about what happened to the families on the rural, isolated end of the island,
something Weisgarber sought to remedy.
The story begins a few weeks before the storm and is told by two narrators. The first, Catherine Wainwright, is a concert pianist fleeing scandal and Ohio society by marrying Oscar
Williams, a recently widowed dairy farmer who lives on the island. The second is Nan Ogden, the local young woman Oscar hired to care for his home and small, grieving son, Andre.
Nan has grown attached to Oscar and Andre, and she struggles to accept Catherine in the household. As for Catherine, she is overwhelmed by her secrets, by motherhood, and by the
rougher surroundings. But when the hurricane strikes, Catherine and Nan are tested as never before.
Watch for my review, coming soon.
Ann Weisgarber’s first novel was the critically acclaimed The Personal History of Rachel DuPree. She was nominated for England’s 2009 Orange Prize and for the 2009 Orange
Award for New Writers. In the United States, she won the Stephen Turner Award for New Fiction and the Langum Prize for American Historical Fiction. She was shortlisted for the
Ohioana Book Award and was a Barnes and Noble Discover New Writer. She serves on the selection committee for the Langum Prize in American Historical Fiction. She divides her
time between Sugar Land, TX and Galveston, TX. Her website is http://annweisgarber.com.
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