You can never go home again. . . Lu Conners wonders why she would want to. Home to her conjures up memories of a poverty stricken childhood on a dirt-farm in Florida, the death of her mother, an embittered and closed-off father, and the cutting slights of being called racial slurs. Was it any wonder that when she won a scholarship for college in the north she never looked back? Now with teenaged children, a successful career and a business-owner husband, the last thing she wants to do is attend to her newly deceased father's affairs. Neither is she anxious to deal with her hostile brother or face those figures from her childhood who could feel nothing but betrayal after her long absence. The journey home unexpectedly becomes more than a facing of bad memories. To her surprise she finds it to be a journey of renewal as secrets are revealed, sacrifices are discovered, and a newfound pride in her family and roots is instilled to be treasured and passed down to the next generation.
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Jane Gill was born in Saratoga Springs, NY, but has lived and worked in Florida for most of her adult life. While she fondly recalls the snowy days of her youth, she has long felt the South was home. She is fond of saying she had given the stork directions to be born in Sarasota but he misread the map and dropped her in Saratoga. Jane serves on the Advisory Boards for the State College of Florida and Sarasota County Technical Institute. She is also active as a Mote Marine Sea Turtle Volunteer, patrolling the beach at dawn to record the activities of sea turtles that nest on Florida beaches. She raised two daughters, both college graduates, and attended college herself only after her children left home. Jane proudly received her National Association of Legal Assistants certification when she was fifty years old. Jane began writing only a few short years ago. She has twice received recognition for her contributions to Doorways Memoirs magazine. She has also published in The Bridge magazine. When she is not doting on her grandchild, she enjoys exploring off-beat Florida places and traveling with friends.Review:
A Matter of Pride does a commendable job of combining the sense of history -- The Civil War, turpentine camps, and agricultural communities -- with a story of how one family climbs the cultural ladder to the present... For fans of Zora Neale Hurston, an African-American writer and anthropologist... Those who liked the intense family drama of Mary Karr's The Liar's Club might also enjoy Gill's new book. -- Ryan G. Cleave, Reviewer, Scene Magazine, Sarasota, FL, January, 2011
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